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Shanxi Church Baptizes 52 People

Shanxi Church Baptizes 52 People

On October 4th, the Church in Yaodu District in Shanxi held the fall baptism in 2020 and the first communion service after the resumption of church. On October 4th, the Church in Yaodu District in Shanxi held the fall baptism in 2020 and the first communion service after the resumption of church.(CCD contributor: Wang Junfeng)
ByCCD contributor: Zhang Xiaohua October 13, 2020
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On October 4, Yaodu District Church of Linfen City, China's northern Shanxi held a baptism and the first communion service after the resumption of church services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Early in the morning, after the catechumens who signed up for baptism had their personal information taken and their temperature checked, they entered the sanctuary to take their seats. Prior to being baptized they also were required to take a test demonstrating their understanding of and belief in Christian faith.

A total of 52 people were baptized. Pastor Huang Hailin and Elder Yang Fushun baptized the brothers by sprinkling, Elder Xie Chunlan and Pastor Geng Fuqin baptized the sisters in the same way.

In addition to pre-baptism courses, the church also conducted regular training focused on truth and the gospel for several weeks before the baptism.

After the baptism, they held the first communion since the coronavirus pandemic, which was also the first time for the newly baptized to participate in communion.

 The host read 1 Corinthians 11:23. Elder Chen Li led the congregation in meditation, confession and then the congregation received the Lord's body and blood thankfully. After that, Elder Chen picked up the bread and the cup to give thanks, and the deacons distributed the elements to the believers one by one and said, "This is the body and precious blood of Jesus, given to us."

The congregation received the bread and wine with respect, and many also burst into tears because they were emotionally overcome.

In the afternoon, Pastor Yan Minjuan gave a sermon, explaining the purpose and significance of the gathering, the consequences of stopping the meeting, and shared that “Don't stop meeting together” is the Lord's command. The Communion service was held again there after the sermon.

-Translated by Abigail Wu

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