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Godalming's first river Baptism in over 1,000 years

Date: 04 July 2012


was made in Godalming this July when for the first time in what is believed to be over 1,000 years a member of Saint Peter and St Paul’s Church was baptised in the River Wey.


Thirteen-year-old Miriam Roche asked to be baptised in accordance with Biblical tradition and in a rare glimpse of summer sunshine the congregation left the church to watch the Baptism from the river bank.


The Baptism was unforgettable for more than one reason for curate the Revd Kate Wyles who had been consecrated as priest at Guildford Cathedral the day before and for whom this was the first Baptism she had performed.


Rector canon Mervyn Roberts said: “Having Kate wade into the water complete with wellies and knowing that our church hadn’t baptised someone in the river since the 9th century, was a very unique occasion for us all.


“We have one of the oldest fonts in Britain and our baptism figures look set to break all recent records. Using the river was certainly an experience to remember but I’m thankful that all our other 70 baptisms for this year will be inside the building!”

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