Special baptism service on Easter Sunday

Community open day at the refurbished Hope Baptist Church, New Road, Hebden Bridge
Community open day at the refurbished Hope Baptist Church, New Road, Hebden Bridge

Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge will hold an outdoor baptismal service in the garden of their Pennine Chapel on Easter Sunday morning.

Like many homes and businesses in the town, Hope Chapel was flooded on Boxing Day.

The cellars had been submerged in 2012, but this time the whole ground floor, including the chapel, was under water.

This disaster followed the collapse of newly-repaired plaster work only a couple of months previously.

Since the start of the New Year, the church has been meeting on Sundays at The White Lion pub.

The baptismal service is one of a number of ‘pop-up hope’ events being organised by the church.

Terry Ward, one of the congregation members getting baptised on Easter Sunday, said: “A service of believer’s baptism is always a highly symbolic and moving event.

“This time, as well as being a public statement of personal commitment, it is also a statement about the life and purpose of this church.

“I just hope the water’s a bit warmer than in the old days.”

The temporary baptismal pool is being erected in the public garden space alongside the chapel.

The rest of the service will take place under the gallery at the back of the chapel.

Church members are hoping for a warm Spring day and the event is open to anyone wishing to attend.

The service starts at 10.30am on Sunday, March 27 and more information can be found at www.hope-baptist.org.uk.

Hope Chapel was opened on in June 1858 and was moved from the Ebenezer Church a few hundred yards further down the road.