Fam­ily joy at bap­tism win

Both­well church to open for ser­vice

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JACK PAYN­TER

THE Angli­can Church has re­versed its de­ci­sion not to al­low a fifth-gen­er­a­tion Both­well fam­ily ac­cess to the lo­cal church to bap­tise their new­est mem­ber.

Four-month-old Ja­cob Monks will be bap­tised dur­ing a pub­lic wor­ship ser­vice at the St Michael and All An­gels Church in Both­well on Novem­ber 25.

The Mid­lands Parish ini­tially didn’t al­low the bap­tism be­cause the re­quest didn’t align with its bap­tism pol­icy.

Bishop Richard Condie said as the church was closed, there was no con­gre­ga­tion cur­rently meet­ing in Both­well and there­fore no pub­lic wor­ship ser­vice in which the bap­tism could take place.

But the church changed its view after the fam­ily’s con- cerns were pub­lished in the Sun­day Tas­ma­nian and the Gazette.

A spe­cial pub­lic wor­ship will now be held later this month in what could be the last ser­vice be­fore the church is po­ten­tially sold in De­cem­ber.

Ja­cob’s grand­mother Anne Monks, whose as­so­ci­a­tion with the St Michael and All An­gels Church dates back be­yond the 1930s when her grand­par­ents mar­ried there, said she was de­lighted with the change.

“We’re very pleased, it means a lot,” she said.

“We’re hop­ing a full house turn up. It gives the com­mu­nity a good op­por­tu­nity to hold one last ser­vice there, es­pe­cially as it is com­ing up to Christ­mas.”

She said be­cause of their long fam­ily his­tory with the church they didn’t want the chris­ten­ing held any­where else.

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