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Rites of Passage

A time to plant: We can engage with our communities through important life events, reflects Rob Beamish – even when things don’t go to plan!

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IT WAS A SUNDAY SERVICE which promised a significant moment of contact with our community. It had begun so well with over 100 guests taking their seats to witness an act of dedication for a baby. The parents attended our toddler group and approached me to see if I would christen their child. As we are a Baptist church, I filled them in on our different approach and they agreed that a moment to give thanks for their child and dedicate him to God would be ideal. The necessary arrangements were put in place and the service was shaped to reflect the fact that most of the guests would have little experience or understanding of the Christian faith. Here was an opportunity to use a rite of passage to make links with many who had never crossed our threshold before.

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