Baptism Sunday

A couple of Sundays ago we had Baptism Sunday for English Service-the first ever for the relatively new English Service. Seven people were baptized-a couple of small children and several older children. Gervais, about whom I wrote in our last newsletter, was baptized. There is a tradition ( a throwback to the Roman Catholic influence) here that sometimes people change their name when they baptized. Gervais requested that his name be changed to-yes, you guessed it-Caleb! We compromised and his name is now Gervais-Caleb 🙂

Here are some pictures of the day:

Gervais and Rukara came to our house before the service
Gervais and Rukara came to our house before the service
The children's choir sang
The children’s choir sang
Bishop John Rucyahana gave the sermon
Bishop John Rucyahana gave the sermon

The actual baptisms were at the back of the church and were a little chaotic. I wasn’t able to get any photos, but they went well.

It is traditional for families to have celebrations for their children after the service. Some of the children getting baptized didn’t have any families, so we organized a little celebration at the church. More people (mostly children) came than we expected. We must have had about 80 people, judging by how many “Fantas” (soft drinks) we consumed. It had a bit of the air of the Wedding Banquet in the parable. Later we had some nice fellowship with Pastor Agnes and her family.

Celebration after the church service
Celebration after the church service
Pastor Agnes and her family and friends
Pastor Agnes and her family and friends

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

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