A Testament Of Faith
In The Chateauguay Valley
By David Jowle
On the beautiful summer afternoon, Pastor Randy Barrington of the Franklin Centre
Church of the Nazarene baptized twelve parishioners. This leap of faith took place on the
Watson Rd., Elgin, in the Trout River. They consisted of three adults and nine children.
Two of the adults are the parents of the nine children. Many other church members were
in attendance to witness this spiritual event.
The afternoon started off with a brief sermon by Pastor Randy on the history and
meaning behind the ritual of baptism for the Christian faith. He went on to explain how
John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan River, which was the start of Christ’s
ministry to the world. Afterwards the baptism took place down in the river by Pastor
Randy along with three adults in assistance. Spectators looked on from the top of the
riverbank. Then all the children tried to drown the pastor in the river. The three attendants
managed a hasty retreat.
Next the baptized adults each gave a brief testimony for wanting to be baptized, and
why they wished for their children to be baptized as well. Their testimony of Christian
faith was heartfelt and touching. Persons of any faith or none at all could not walk away
from this without feeling some sort of loving compassion. Pastor Randy then challenged
all in witness, to help raise these children in the faith. This was followed by a resounding
“yes” by all. Everyone baptized were given a gift to commemorate his or her act of faith.
After this the church picnic geared up into action. People were swimming or
kayaking, relaxing in lawn chairs enjoying fellowship, or playing lawn games. Kids and
dogs were chasing each other all over. A potluck supper followed which was absolutely
delicious. I must admit that the Nazarenes do shine with their potluck meals. The night
ended with a spectacular bonfire, which I am sure could be seen from the next county.
Pictures by Anne Schullman.