Baptism in a Graveyard
This afternoon, the deacons and I repaired to the chapel to prepare for tomorrow's baptism service. Unlike many Congregational churches, we tend to baptise adult believers by total immersion. We have no baptismal pool, so we borrowed Capernwray's. We have located it outside, in a place I consider to be both aesthetically and theologically appropriate- the graveyard. Among the tombs of the dead, two Christians will be plunged into the water, in a symbolic act of dying and rising again. They have died to self, and now live in the new life that Christ offers.