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Alternative baptism service trialled in the diocese

Date: 17 January 2014
Florence Ann Aggie Burling is one of the first infants in the diocese to be baptised in a service using text being trialled around the country.
may be just a few months old but she is already a trailblazer! Baby Florence wa Following a motion put by the Diocese of Liverpool to the General Synod requesting a more accessible service, the Liturgical Commission has produced alternative wording designed to be easily understood by those who might not be churchgoers. Crucially the text being tested asks parents and godparents to ‘reject evil’ rather than ‘reject the devil’ and asks them not to ‘submit to Christ’ but put their ‘trust in him’. Florence was baptised by the Reverend Alan Crawley at St George’s Church, in the parish of Hale with Badshot Lea, where the trial language was well received. Alan said: “I felt it was just as challenging as the standard service but in a way which was much more understandable to the parents and godparents. “We felt it was a big improvement over the old one. Members of the congregation said it was a much more accessible - and shorter - service, and that it was good not to mention the devil. “And as for Florence, she seemed to enjoy it too but made no comments about the liturgy!” Over 400 parishes have been selected to take part in the trial which ends in April.

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