Hill City Baptisms 2010

Just a very quick post at the end of a very exciting day.

Basically, some things are worth ranting about (as the title of this blog suggests!) This evening’s baptism service is definitely one of them!! 5pm on Saturday 27th November 2010 is a date that will live long in my memory for all the right reasons! It’s the day on which I baptised 4 very special people in the swimming pool at Pontypool Active Living Centre.

One of the things that I love about being the pastor of a small, community church like Hill City is that we are a family. I can genuinely say, hand-on-heart, that I love every one of the guys I ‘dunked’ tonight. Each one is a person I’ve laughed with, wept with, prayed for, suffered with and loved through so much. It’s an honour to share life with people on that kind of level, and an even greater honour to baptise them!

We’ll be producing a little video in the coming days and putting the audio of the testimonies up on the Hill City Church website too, but in the meantime, here’s just a few things that made the evening so special.

Allan’s story: Possibly the most well-known and recognisable character on the estate and one of the first people I met in the street after moving up here, it took Allan a couple of years before he finally came to Hill City, but once he did found a spiritual home, a loving family and above all – a wonderful Saviour in Jesus! Allan loves Hill City. Hill City loves Allan. It was such a joy to baptise him tonight.

The story of the Davies Girls: It was Christmas 2008 that we first met the Davies ladies! 3 generations of the same family attended our Christmas outreach event together and they’ve been part of the Hill City family ever since. In that time God has been powerfully at work and it was fantastic to hear their stories of God’s grace tonight.

Margaret testified that since joining Hill City she had moved from a religious belief in God to a beautiful relationship with Him. After her testimony she led the church in a wonderful worship song that she’d written. Her daughter, Donna, then testified to how God has redeemed her from a life that had been damaged by a legacy of domestic abuse, and there was hardly a dry eye in the house when her 11 year old daughter Nicole spoke of how that abuse had affected her and how she had cried out to God to save her in the middle of it all!

So powerful!

We then proceeded to the pool where along with my co-pastor, James, I had the honour of baptising Mr.Trevethin, followed by 3 generations of one of my favourite families!

Such an awesome privilege.

I loved it.

They loved it.

The church loved it.

Above all, I’m convinced that God loved it too!

Glory to His Name!!

4 thoughts on “Hill City Baptisms 2010

  1. Dai after I read this my eyes were full of tears,no-one unless going through what we have in one way or other can understand the warm love and compassion that God has Graciously served on us as a family, and Mr Trevethin is such a wonderful friend,I know the Davies family are enriched beyond our wildest dreams to have Jesus and God our Father and the breath of the Holy Sprit within us Donna was buzzin last night.
    but the support of such a fantastic church, Hill City come to attend the service and ceremony on the night of freezing tempretures and snow ,the crew was there in full support of both the Pastors and the people who were to be baptised, I thank God for such a wonderful family he has sent us. and my thanks to Michelle for supporting me when I sang my song . God Bless you all

  2. As a supporting guest at the baptism, i believe the ceremony was carried out very well more like a family get together, having quite a few children there who enjoyed themselves, the testimonies were very moving, we know that Jesus himself submitted to baptism not for salvation as he did not need it, just to show us the way. The four being baptised as an act of obedience and the acceptance of God’s gift of salvation entered into a convent with God and their commitment to Jesus did so with a great big smile, well after they emerged from the water.In all it was a great night having four person’s from a small church being baptied and three a granmother/mother/daughter, well done to the supporters and the organizers.
    One Lord, one faith, one baptism…..Ephesians 4-5.

  3. i want to leave a comment it was the best night ever and just want to thank the people who gave us lifts and also want to thank everyone for the support and also want to thank god for being there for our family and want to thank dai and michelle for all the support they have gave us over the last few years and love you all to bits i also want to thank hillcity church for the support and want to thank everyone for being our family and friends x

  4. Margaret, what can I say? Love being part of your church family and so chuffed to baptise you.

    Alan – thanks for your kind comments sir! Buzzin’ that you had a great time.

    Don – we love you to bits . We love your kids. We love your whole family. Baptising you was such an honour and a joy and this is just the beginning of a fresh, new chapter in your life. Looking forward to sharing that with you and seeing what God’s got in store for you all!!

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