Sea baptism at wild and windy Gyllyngvase Beach: VIDEO
8:20am Friday 1st March 2013 in News
A large crowd braved the chilly winds on Gyllyngvase Beach last weekend as a member of Falmouth’s Harbour Church was baptised in the roaring surf.
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Close to 100 people watched as James Rowden was baptised with the help of church leader Phil Ball and the church’s pastor the Rev Roger Wyatt in the cold winter waters on Sunday.
James’ parents had travelled from Dubai, where James grew up, to watch the baptism.
With large waves and strong winds, the three had to struggle to keep their feet, with Mr Wyatt taking a little tumble, before a lull allowed them to complete the baptism, to loud applause.
The baptism was followed by the reading of Psalm 16 and prayers.
Mr Wyatt said that the church had carried out a number of sea baptisms since the church was founded two and a half years ago, and that it is good to do it outside in the open air where people can watch, and that the dramatic surroundings fitted the occasion.
However he did admit that the winter weather made it a chilly experience, adding: “I went home and got under my duvet for a couple of hours to warm up afterwards.”