Ben prepared for unique sea baptism
9:10am Saturday 23rd March 2013 in News
A spectacular sea baptism will take place in the waters off Lower Town tomorrow Sunday, March 24th.
Fishguard man, Ben Jones, is to be baptised near the slipway at 2.45pm and all are invited to witness the event.
“I thought it was something a bit different,” said history graduate Ben.
“It’s how it was originally done and rather than have water splashed on me I thought it would be nice to have total immersion in the sea. In the past, hundreds of people were baptised in the river in Lower Town.
“I’m excited and nervous, but mainly excited. My baptism marks the beginning of a lifelong journey for me and I feel very privileged to be able to affirm my faith before family and friends at this special time of the year.”
The following Saturday, immediately prior to Easter Sunday, the 23-year-old will be confirmed by the Bishop of St Davids in the Cathedral. This follows the ancient Christian tradition of bringing people into full membership of the church at Easter.
Ben went to Fishguard High School before completing a degree and masters in Ancient History at Exeter University. He will return there in the autumn to take a PGCE in secondary education.
Ben has been prepared for his baptism by the ministry team at St Mary’s Church, Fishguard, and said he is grateful for the warm welcome he has received there. He will be baptised by the Revd Don MacGregor.