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Southwark Splash

Posted by Anonymous on 14 Feb 2019

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Dunk, splash, ripple…

At Southwark Splash on 19 January, we were reminded of some of the sounds that might have been heard as John the Baptist baptised Jesus in the River Jordan, before Bishop Karowei baptised three young Christians.

Dunk: Children and families leaders involved in Messy Churches, Diddy Disciples and Godly Play came from across the diocese and got fully submersed into the event by leading activity tables and helping people understand something new about baptism through craft, science experiments, singing, Makaton signing and creative prayer.

Splash: After an hour of activities, we gathered together to make a splash and celebrate three baptisms by full immersion (a first for Southwark Cathedral). Using baptism liturgy adapted by Lucy Moore for a Messy Church setting, Bishop Karowei and the team (a mix of clergy, lay, children and young people) led the 200-strong congregation, who had travelled from near and far to be there (including a group of eight Norwegians from Bergen Cathedral).

Lucy Moore writes, ‘What a powerful and moving occasion. It was so heart-warming to see the beautiful cathedral full of old and young enjoying themselves together.  The baptism of Kira, Cecilia and Andrea will stay in my memory as a morning where we all met God and celebrated an important day in the lives of these three young Christians.’

Ripple: I wonder what the ripple effect of Southwark Splash might be?

We pray that Messy Churches will be bold and make a dunk, splash, ripple in their local settings, welcoming families on the fringe of church, baptising new believers and walking with them on their journey of discipleship, as we grow God’s kingdom together.

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Aike Kennett-Brown, Mission Support Officer (Children and Young People) in the Diocese of Southwark


The cathedral

Southwark Splash the cathedral

Activities

Southwark Splash activities

Southwark Splash activities

Southwark Splash activities

Southwark Splash activities

The baptisms

Southwark Splash baptism

Southwark Splash baptism

Southwark Splash baptism

Southwark Splash baptism

Southwark Splash baptism