Easter Sunday takes a bilingual twist 

5th April 2015
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baptism f 04-2015Easter Sunday took a bilingual twist as two congregations from one church in Great Yarmouth celebrated together this year

Members of the English and Portuguese-speaking congregations at Park Baptist Church joined together on Easter Sunday and marked the occasion with two baptisms

The packed-out church in Crown Road, switched between languages as they sang songs, prayed aloud and listened to readings. The sermon, preached by Rev Peter Timothy, was translated into Portuguese by fellow Pastor, Rev Leda Schofield
baptism c 04-2015Rev Timothy said afterwards: “What a wonderful way to celebrate the life-changing message of Easter that Jesus not only died for all, but has risen for all. There was an incredible sense of unity as we joined together”

“I think occasions like today proves how people of different nationalities can not only co-exist with each other in Great Yarmouth, but actually thrive amidst their diversity”

The service finished with the baptism of two regular attendees of the English-speaking congregation, before cakes and refreshments were shared

It is not the first time the two congregations have joined together to worship, with a similar style service held last year. The church has been reaching out into and supporting the Portuguese-speaking immigrant community in the town for eight years, and has seen tremendous growth, with up to 50 people gathering at the weekly Saturday evening meetings