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!
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!!