Never too late

22 March 2013

SHE left it a long time, but she got there in the end. On Mothering Sunday, in her 87th year, Marjorie Johnson was baptised. Her mother was a Baptist; so Mrs Johnson was not baptised as an infant. In her adult life, she worshipped in several different denominations, but still did not make that commitment.

At last she has done so, encouraged by the Revd Felicity Walters, in the tiny Bishop Geoffrey Allen Church and Community Centre, in Gamesley, Glossop, in Derby diocese. With the two friends who accompanied her, Mrs Walters tells me, Mrs Johnson brought the congregation up to 15.

"The church has a small but dedicated congregation," said Mrs Walters, who is Priest-in-Charge of Hadfield, besides having responsibility for Gamesley, "but we don't often have baptisms; so this has been really exciting for us."

Mrs Johnson had tears in her eyes as she said: "My mother would have been so proud of me."

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