There was a modern twist to an ancient practice when the Bishop of Guildford the Rt Revd Christopher Hill stepped into Guildford Lido to baptise five adults on June 11.
Neighbouring church, St Johnâ€™s Stoke, has used the Lido for adult Baptisms in the past - but for the first time this year surrounding parishes were invited to join them and around 350 people took part in the service.
Bishop Christopher said: â€œâ€™Stokeâ€™ means a place of sacred waters, so Stoke- next-Guildford was where, in all probability, the very first Baptisms took place in the Guildford area â€“ although granted that would have been in the River Wey, not in an outdoor swimming pool!â€
Following the Lido ceremony, the newly Baptised from Christ Church, Guildford, and St Johnâ€™s joined 29 other candidates from five local churches for a service of confirmation inside St Johnâ€™s.
St Johnâ€™s rector the Revd Mark Woodward said: â€œIt was a wonderful celebration for people from across Guildford.
â€œThe concept came about by chance some years ago when our Baptismal pool sprang a leak and we realised we had plenty of water next door.
â€œWe are fortunate to have a good relationship with the Lido who allow us to use the pool after it closes to the public.â€
Bishop Christopher said: â€œIt was Pentecost the following day and a wonderful opportunity to revisit a very ancient local practice but with modern people turning to Christ and expressing it publicly.â€
Confirmation candidates came from Christ Church, St Peterâ€™s, St Nicholasâ€™ and St Saviourâ€™s as well as from St Johnâ€™s.