A young woman said “yes” to Jesus for the first time when a group of people from a rural New Brunswick church gathered for a service with visiting Bishop Silas Ng.

baptism-groupThe service took place at the Ste. Anne de Kent oceanfront home of the Rev. Don Hamilton, Rector of Christ the Redeemer Church in Bay du Vin, New Brunswick. New to The Mission Canada, the church normally meets in Bay du Vin but as Bishop Silas was visiting mid-week, Don decided to hold a Eucharist service at his home. Some parishioners from Redeemer, along with Don’s family members visiting from Ontario and Nova Scotia, joined them in the spacious living room.

Bishop Silas preached on Matthew 15:21-28 with the central theme of saying “yes” to Jesus.

“He presented a very powerful and captivating message that I believe engaged everyone,” Don says.

Among the attendees was Don’s grandniece, Raeann. As she listened to Bishop Silas speak, Raeann experienced the presence of God so greatly that during the final hymn, she asked her father to ask Don if she could be baptized after the Eucharist. Bishop Silas celebrated the Eucharist, and after Don consulted with him, the group then moved to the beach. Bishop Silas and Don went with Raeann into the ocean and baptized her.

“This total immersion baptism was a first for both Bishop Silas and me, and it was especially meaningful and humbling for me to be asked to baptize my grandniece,” Don says. “I felt honored that she would want me to baptize her.”

Raeann later told Bishop Silas that she had been waiting to say yes to Jesus for quite some time, and after his sermon, “Jesus is Lord—Say YES, Lord,” she was finally ready.

“We all had such a powerful worship experience in both the Eucharist and the baptism of Raeann,” Bishop Silas says. “Please pray with us that God would help Raeann to know Him more each day and be with Him more each day. We are also asking God to bless all the parishioners of Christ the Redeemer Church that they can be freshly anointed and a true witness to God’s glorious and mighty works.”

Raeann’s family worship regularly at a Baptist church in Ontario, so Don wrote a follow-up letter to the pastor, advising him of Raeann’s baptism and ensuring she will be affirmed and nurtured in that community. Meanwhile, Don has high hopes for how God will continue to use Christ the Redeemer Church as part of The Mission.

“I would really appreciate prayers for our future,” he says. “We are a very small rural church and I believe the Lord is calling us to expand into a larger community. Please pray for God’s will and a very clear understanding for all parishioners in this.”

Learn more about Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church.