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Messy Baptism – a first for Wales?

Brother and sister Elijah and Ember Stanford have been baptised in what is thought to be the first service of its kind in Wales.

The christening took place during the regular Saturday morning Messy Church at St John the Evangelist’s Church in Pembroke Dock.


Vicar Nicky Skipworth performed the ceremony in the church hall, using a paddling pool as a font, in front of proud parents Jessica and Paul and a packed congregation of family, friends and fellow Messy Churchgoers.

“Both Elijah and Ember are regular Messy Church attenders and their parents asked for them to be baptised so this seemed to be the obvious way to do it, she said.

“As far as we can tell, this the first time this has happened, not just in the diocese but anywhere in Wales.”

“We retained the usual, familiar Messy Church pattern – arts and crafts, stories and songs – but with a tailor-made liturgy for the baptism itself added on. And, of course, we ended with a slap-up buffet for all to share.”