Mass baptisms in the river Dee


Eight members of Christ Church Chester have been baptised in the river Dee. 156 people gathered to support the eight candidates as they made a public commitment of their Christian faith.  Each of the participants said what the baptism meant to them before joining Revd Ralph Kemp and Revd Glyn Jones in the, not so warm, River Dee to be baptised. Bishop John Hayden then confirmed the candidates on the river bank and led a communion service. The morning finished with a church picnic.

The Vicar of Christ Church, the Revd Graham Shaw, said: "This was a fantastic morning and a real highlight of our church year. This is the second year we have done this and we hope will continue to be an annual event at Christ Church. Thank you to Bishop John and all the candidates who braved the river and allowed us to celebrate with them in the sun shine."

Beatrix Calow, who is shown being baptised, said: "It was one of the best days of my life. God’s Spirit was so clearly present and it was such a privilege to get baptised and confirmed with a beautiful church family cheering me on.