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Saturday Gathering at the Ebenezer Centre, Halifax, where nine people were baptised and confirmed by the Bishop of Pontefract

Saturday Gathering at the Ebenezer Centre, Halifax, where nine people were baptised and confirmed by the Bishop of Pontefract

Members of a Saturday night church got a ‘fresh awakening’ in a full bodied baptism.

Nine members of a ‘Fresh Expression’ of church: Saturday Gathering at the Ebenezer Centre, St James Road, Halifax, were baptised and confirmed by the Bishop of Pontefract.

Over 80 people attended the service.

Bishop Tony Robinson said the service was one of the most moving he’d held in 11 years.

“You could feel the Holy Spirit at work among the people who came forward to commit their lives to Jesus,” he said.

New members have come to faith through Calderdale Food and Support Drop-In Centre, run by Christians Together.

Church leader Linda Maslen said: “It’s a church like you’ve never seen. Our guests comprise of those with chaotic lifestyles, homeless, prison leavers, addicts and people in hard times. We’ve seen some incredible transformations in people. A person who spent four years living in a hole in the woods, drenched in alcoholism and addiction is now living in a house and free from addiction.

“The baptisms signify leaving junk of old lives behind - looking ahead with Jesus.”

 

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