New Birth in Silver Street
Luke Crowter fills us in on the latest baptism at an FIEC church in London. Silver Street is a plant from Enfield Town Community Church.
To get baptised at Silver Street, you have to get in an ice bath.
With no built-in baptistery and no desire to risk serious illness in the local brook, we make do with a blow up pool more commonly used by athletes. Often “ice bath” is uncomfortably close to the truth but this time around we made a special effort to warm it up as Charlotte has a baby on board. While she may not be averse to the idea of a water birth, we wanted to avoid any unexpected arrivals!
Thankfully, the plan worked and the only new birth we celebrated was that of Charlotte herself.
In actual fact, Charlotte is a 10 year old Christian. This is the first time she’s been part of an independent church and Charlotte grew in her conviction that it would be right to be baptised as a believer. As she said, “10 years too late, but better late than never!”
A wonderful testimony
It was great to hear Charlotte’s story.
A friend’s simple invite to youth group at a time when her favourite TV series had just ended – a reminder of God’s perfect timing, and the power of a personal invitation.
A desire to go to church for the boys; a need to go on a Christian revision camp for the school work – a reminder that God can use all sorts of motives as His way in!
The cross didn’t seem to make sense to Charlotte. How is it good news that a really good man died in a really horrible way? A Christianity Explored course helped answer some of Charlotte’s questions and then someone challenged her that she knew enough to believe. And so, she did.
It was so encouraging to see Charlotte boldly professing her faith – and exciting to think of how the Lord will use her and husband Nathan in the future. Nathan is in his final year at Oak Hill College, heading into full time ministry in the coming months; and we pray that they will see many people dunked in ice baths, rivers, and maybe even baptisteries.
Just remember to warm it up first.