Baptism - May 2010
Joanna Barrington's Story...
I’ve been coming to church ever since I can remember, so God has always felt very real to me. I have always found it easy to talk to God, as I have done this from a very early age. I became a Christian when I was about 6, by praying with my mum, and, although, at this time, I knew what it meant to be a Christian, I wasn’t sure how to apply this to my life yet.
When I was about 10, our family moved from our old church, Rushmere Christian Fellowship, to Burlington. This is great, and I feel really at home here. I have also built up some really awesome friendships here, friends who have really encouraged and helped me with my faith, so I’d like to say thanks to the Harrises, the Ruffles, the Earls and Carrie for really being with me through my walk with God so far.
Moving to Burlington really helped me put my friendship with God into context. The kids and youth stuff going on here is amazing, particularly the youth weekends at Vauxhall farm. It was at one of these that really made me want to get baptised. We were watching a film about Jesus’ life, and his death and, while watching this, the Holy Spirit touched me in an amazing way. I felt so loved and wanted by God that I started crying with the awesomeness of it all. It was then that I knew that I really understood what it me for Jesus to die on the cross for me, rather than for everyone else on this earth.
In January 2009 I made the decision to get baptised. I talked with my mum and prayed about it, and it seemed so right. I told Simon and Ceri and they were really pleased. I also told Emma soon after, and she really surprised me by saying she had also made that decision! We were both really pleased and we knew it was right for us to be baptised together. This was great because I was quite nervous about it, and having one of my best friends getting baptised at the same time was something that can only be described as a God thing!
Today, I am standing here, ready to be baptised to show everyone that I am going to live the rest of my life for the Awesomeist God ever!
Emma Harris' Story...
I’ve been attending Burlington for as long as I can remember and my faith has been growing all my life. When I was about 5 I decided to become a Christian and discover God for myself and have a personal relationship with him. Since then I have been learning more and more, going to Gatherings and Emerge and reading the Bible.
When I was young I was very ill and it’s a miracle from God that I am alive, so I’ve always known that being here isn’t a mistake - it’s all God’s plan, and I want to live God’s plan, not mine. God has helped me overcome so many hard times in my life and I can’t thank Him enough.
I went to a Christian primary school and grew up in a Christian community, so that’s really built my faith, and if it wasn’t for my family and close friends I wouldn’t know God. I am looking forward to the future, believing that God has got really great things in store for me.
In January 2009 I decided to get baptised. Soon after that Joanna came to me with the news she was getting baptised. I replied, “Wow! So am I”. It’s really nice to be getting baptised with someone so close to me.
I am being baptised to day to show that I want to follow God for the rest of my life and to take being a Christian more seriously and thank God for dying for me.