Easter Baptisms by the Archbishop
12:00am 7th April 2012
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will be baptising Christians from different denominations on the Saturday before Easter, 7th April 2012.
Thirteen people from local churches will be baptised outside the West End of York Minster by being totally immersed in a large tank of water.
The service of baptism has been organised by One Voice York, a network of Christian churches and leaders of different denominations working together across the city.
The Archbishop of York will baptise all thirteen people along with their own church leader, who will also be in the water. Joint Chair of One Voice York, Graham Hutchinson will ask each person and all those watching to affirm their faith before the baptisms.
Archbishop Sentamu said:
"In baptism, we participate in Christ's death and Resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit.
"We become members of the Body of Christ, the Church.
"The joy of Easter is that it's never too late to make a fresh start.
"The outdoor service on Holy Saturday has a real carnival atmosphere, and we often get hundreds of people coming along.
"These people getting baptised outside York Minster are very brave, not just because they're getting baptised outdoors in the Yorkshire spring, but because they are publicly declaring that they are making a U-turn from sin, evil and the ways of the world and becoming followers of Christ.
"From now on they will, by the help of the Holy Spirit and members of the Church, do things differently from now on."
Jonathan Phillips, 21, goes to St Mark's Church in Rawcliffe. Jonathan is one of the people getting baptised, and said:
"Getting baptised is an expression of what God's done for me.
"He's lifted me out of a life where I didn't know God and he's brought me into a relationship with Him.
"Now that I understand that, I'd like to get baptised as a public statement. I
"'m telling the whole world that Jesus has lifted me from death to life."
Graham Hutchinson from One Voice York said:
"We've been holding these baptisms for six years now, and we've baptised 89 people here from different church traditions.
"We may have different ways of doing things in our churches, but by coming together to celebrate these baptisms, we are saying that we are all part of a wider church family in Jesus Christ."
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