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Messy Celebration

Dunk, Splash, Ripple…

At Southwark Splash, on 19th January, we were reminded of some of the sounds that might have been heard as John the Baptist baptised Jesus in the River Jordan, before Bishop Karowei baptised three young Christians.

Dunk: Children and families leaders involved in Messy Churches, Diddy Disciples and Godly Play came from across the Diocese and got fully immersed in the event by leading activity tables, helping people understand something new about baptism through craft, science experiments, singing, Makaton signing and creative prayer.

Splash: After an hour of activities, we gathered together to make a splash and celebrate three baptisms by full immersion (a first for Southwark Cathedral).  Using baptism liturgy adapted by Lucy Moore for a Messy Church setting, Bishop Karowei and the team (a mix of clergy, lay, children and young people) led the 200 strong congregation, who had travelled from near and far to be there - including a group of eight Norwegians from Bergen Cathedral!

Lucy Moore writes, 'What a powerful and moving occasion. It was so heart-warming to see the beautiful Cathedral full of old and young enjoying themselves together.  The baptism of Kira, Cecilia and Andrea will stay in my memory as a morning where we all met God and celebrated an important day in the lives of these three young Christians.’

Ripple: I wonder what the ripple effect of Southwark Splash might be?

We pray that churches will be bold and make a dunk, splash, ripple in their local settings, welcoming families on the fringe of church, baptising new believers and walking with them on their journey of discipleship, as we grow God’s kingdom together.

Need some ideas? Enjoy the photos and please make use of the resources below.

Want to talk it over with someone?  Contact the mission support officers (children and young people) Aike Kennett-Brown and Keli Bolton.


On Saturday 25 February 2017 we held our first event, Messy Cathedral. A video and photos from the event are available at the links below