There was standing room only last Sunday when once again we had the privilege of sharing in the joy of baptism. Surrounded and supported by family and friends Amelia Dobson-Bond (above) and Kamala Sunnassay took to MBC’s baptistery alongside Abi Tilley and Rev Shona Shaw. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with them evermore.
James Wilde who by the time he starts work with us on September 1st will be 26 comes from Middlesbrough, where he currently lives. He has been a Christian since the age of 17, and since then has served on a number of mission projects in Teesside and in the United States.
James has a degree in Sports Coaching and has just completed a second degree in Theology, Ministry and Mission at Durham University.
James’ first meeting with our young people will be this coming Sunday when weather permitting he will be joining them for an end of term get together at Golden Acre Park.
Speaking after the appointment was confirmed MBC Co-Minister Graham Brownlee said: “Long term James senses a call to church ministry, and he demonstrates a clear commitment to young people and evangelism. He has already worked on a number of sports and evangelism related programmes and we look forward to welcoming him to Moortown.
Meanwhile James, who at present is a member of Teesside Vineyard shared his “excitement at being offered a job at MBC” on Facebook by adding “the Lord’s provision just amazes me every time, and I can’t wait to get started with this new chapter in Leeds”.
At 9.30am, with it being the third Sunday of the month we are having breakfast together in the Music Room and this will be followed at 10.45 by a service that will include two baptisms.
You are most welcome to join us for either or indeed both of these services and to share with us but particularly with Kamala and Ameila the joy of baptism.
Traditionally, as part of a dedication service a minister takes hold of the child and whilst doing so asks his or her parents a number of questions. And it was at this point, with Gerald and Namita out of reach that Aaron struck!
Fortunately no harm was done and soon the whole Johnson family were sharing some splendid refreshments with family and friends.
There’s a gallery of pictures taken at the service below. If you would like to see a larger version of any of them simply click on the image.
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