Family joy at baptism win
Bothwell church to open for service
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.