June Baptisms 2022

June Baptisms 2022

Thoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral

June Baptisms 2022

At Jubilee, we only baptise people who are believers – those who have made a confession of faith.

Baptism does not make these three perfect and going into the water isn’t going to make them perfect – but being baptised is being obedient. When he preached on the day of Pentecost, Peter said “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

We believe that you repent and your baptism is a response to that and that God will then open your life. It is about obedience. There’s nothing special about the water.

We also baptise by immersion, because we believe it represents is as you go down into the water, you are being recognised with Jesus’ death, and as you are raised back up you are coming into your new life raised in Christ. That’s what we do and why we do it.

Tracy Hawkins

When I was seven years old, I was playing on the landing at the top of the stairs when I tripped and fell head over heels down the stairs.

Instead of feeling the tumble down, I felt I was watching the whole thing from above. I was so confused because I felt my body was not me. I was more than flesh and bone; I was spirit too.

I got a terrible fright. I didn’t understand what had just happened and I didn’t tell anyone for a long time, because I didn’t understand it myself, but I knew that I was more than just a body – I was a spirit living in a human body.

As time went by I put the whole thing to the back of my mind.

My parents never went to church, but I loved the Bible stories from school. I even tried going to church on my own but never felt included, so I stopped going.

Three years ago, my life spiralled out of control. I had my own business, my own house, a partner of 30 years, 10 of which had been just as friends. I sold my house and my business and my partner and I split up. This was the worse period of my whole life. Without going into detail, I lost everything apart from money, which all I did was worry about.

I started looking at horoscopes and tarot cards – looking for something but I didn’t know what. One day I came across a story on YouTube about a near-death experience. I was fascinated and I watched quite a few of these videos, all of which were different but quite similar – all of them claimed to have met Jesus and were al changed by their experience.

It suddenly came to me about my out of body experience when I was a child, it dawned on me that Jesus was real, like I’d hoped all along, and He was just waiting for me to realise it.

So although I went through the most awful time of my life, where it led me was worth every painful step.

I walked through hell, but Jesus was waiting for me on the other side.

If I hadn’t have lost everything and been through the traumatic time, I would never have been looking and would never have found Jesus. So I am forever grateful that He got my attention.

So the reason why I am being baptised today is my promise to Jesus that I am His forever.

Benjy Greenhalgh

I’ve grown up in a Christian family and in this church and all my life I’ve always said that I know that God exists but I’ve never really followed Him.

I’ve known He’s there but I’ve never tried to have a relationship with Him.

I went to New Day and they’d be like “come  up if you want to give your life to God” and I’d go up and then I’d come home after New Day and I’d read the Bible for like three days and then that would be that.

So I’ve always said I’m a Christian.

But then recently I was speaking to a man in Zambia, possibly to stay with him and his family, and he asked me to say my testimony to him.

I kind of said “I’m not baptised, but I’ve always gone to church and I know that God exists” and at the time he was like ok, yeah, cool. But then afterwards he said to my parents that he didn’t believe I’m a Christian. I was like “No he’s wrong, I know best, I am a Christian” but it kind of made me think maybe I wasn’t, that maybe I was thinking about this wrong.

It was on my mind getting baptised and then we went to the Franklin Graham tour in Liverpool and he said at the end “Come up if you want to give your life to Jesus” and I thought “No it’s fine, I don’t need to do it now, I’ll talk to Dave another time” but God was like “No – you’re going up and you’re really going to mean it this time.”

So I went up and then Chris came and spoke to me which was really helpful. That was the point at which I thought “No I actually want to do this, I actually want to give my life to Jesus.”

I’m getting baptised today because I want to declare my faith properly and I want to actually have a relationship with God.

Hannah Robertson

Like Benjy, I’ve grown up in this church and I’ve learned what it means to have that faith and be in a relationship with God rather than it be a religion to learn and to follow along with.

I went to conferences like New Day and Devoted and I think it was at Devoted that I committed myself to giving my life to God, but I’d never really fully understood the importance of that until recently. The conferences encouraged me to look deeper into what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live my life with boldness and with patience in the communities I’m put in.

I took A level Religious Studies, which was challenging to my faith because we looked at different views which might go against what I believe in. But through that I kept my faith in God and it strengthened my belief in Him because I realised that, even though there are things that might go against it, it’s a relationship with God that is deeper than facts.

I wanted to read from Romans 6.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

I’m getting baptised today to publicly accept God and fully accept that Jesus died for our sins.

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Easter baptisms 2022

Easter baptisms 2022

Thoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral

Easter baptisms 2022

At Jubilee, we only baptise people who are believers – those who have made a confession of faith.

Baptism does not make these five perfect and going into the water isn’t going to make them perfect – but it is being obedient. When he preached on the day of Pentecost, Peter said “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

We believe that you repent and your baptism is a response to that and that God will then open your life. It is about obedience. There’s nothing special about the water.

We also baptise by immersion, because we believe it represents is as you go down into the water, you are being recognised with Jesus’ death, and as you are raised back up you are coming into your new life raised in Christ. That’s what we do and why we do it.

Elizabeth Greenhalgh

I grew up in a Christian household, I have two Christian parents and I’ve learnt about the Bible and God my entire life.

Growing up in a Christian household did make it quite hard for me to have a lightbulb “knowing I was a Christian” moment. I had a pretty smooth sailing life until my family and I moved to Zambia in 2019, when I was 13.

I think that’s when I first really came to God. When we first got there I really struggled as I was missing my friends from home, I hadn’t made any new friends and my faith was really tested.

I had many thoughts about who God was and where He was and, if he was real, then why wasn’t He helping me?

We went to a Church with lots of youth and some lovely leaders, but I did not under any circumstances want to join in! But of course my mum forced me to, she signed me up for lots of youth activities and made me go to the youth group every Sunday morning.

Then on the second Sunday we’d been at that Church, we went out with a British family and a Canadian family. The Canadian family had a daughter who was my age. We hit it off straight away and I’d made a friend, now going to all these different youth activities wasn’t so bad. Then I met two American girls who also very quickly became some of my best friends. I soon realised that God had answered my prayers and that He was still there and had never left my side.

In Zambia I was only surrounded by my Christian friends, everyone we knew was a Christian. This really helped me grow so much closer to God as I was able to talk about Christianity a lot more freely and I learnt many new things about my faith.

Then we had to move back very suddenly because of COVID 19, that was really hard and another test of my faith. But God knew what He was doing and He placed us in a Christian home with some good friends of ours for three months and I grew even closer to God.

Then when lockdown was over and we came home, I slipped out of habits like reading my Bible in the morning and spending time with God. School was so hard and I began to realise that’s when I needed God the most in my life. I needed Him to help me though all the difficult times in my life and I needed Him there when things went well. From then I’ve been growing closer to God and I feel like I’m now ready to make a full commitment to Him. I’m getting baptised because I want God to live in my heart and rule my life and I want to publicly declare that He does.

Adele Sanders-Walker

Over the years I have dipped in and out of churches. I always knew that Jesus existed but my efforts to pursue a relationship with Him have been sporadic. I found it difficult to maintain my relationship with Jesus without fellowship and I never really felt that at the various churches I have been to.

In February 2020, I had started listening to Christian music and bought a journalling Bible. The spark was going to be ignited again – God had clearly not forgotten me. I Googled “lively churches in my area” and Jubilee came up!

So, with lots of prayer and anxiety, I stepped through the doors. I was immediately greeted and taken under people’s wing. I had found my church family – the missing link!

During lockdown, Jesus provided peace but also encouragement through my Christian family with calls, letters, emails and the odd socially distanced conversation at my gate.

The absolute kindness and love I was shown during lockdown strengthened my relationship with Jesus. During this time I also completed Alpha. I love this course and it taught me so much. I realised for the first time how important I was to Him. I understood that even if I was the only person on this planet, Jesus would still have given His life for me.

One day I arrived at Jubilee and there was a laminated verse on the seats. I put it in my bag and forgot about it. One dark moment during this period, I found it: Jeremiah 29:11: “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for disaster.” (NLT)

This filled me full of hope and in the next few weeks I was sent this verse via text, it was written in a card I received, and I never went without physically or spiritually.

Over the past two years, there have been family issues and illness, but Jesus has never let me down. Through my church family I have been emotionally supported, practically supported and whenever I have been struggling, Jesus would let me know that he was there, holding my hand.

Why baptism? I have never been baptised by full immersion and I want to declare that I definitely want Jesus at the centre of my life.

Pam Christian

On February 14, 1997 I had been praying for a very long time for Jesus to come into my life. After a bitter and painful divorce I started to blame God and felt it was all his fault. Two of my girls left to be with their father and whatever faith I had before vanished.

I had no time for God or the church. When I met Michael, who was already a Christian, we had a few conversations and arguments about God and the Bible and I started to think about my life and God.

I realised I had made a mistake falling out with God and spent months and months apologising and asking for forgiveness and for Him to come in and be part of my life.

I started an Alpha Course and in early 1997 I went to hear J John preach. He prayed and said “If you want Jesus to come into your life, then now is the time.”

As I stood in the row, my legs were like jelly and my heart was beating, oh so painfully! My whole body was being pushed forward to the front. I looked behind me and there was nobody there. I don’t know how my legs got me there but I was there.

I believe that God had answered what I had prayed for.

It has taken me since 1997 to get baptised because of the fear of going underwater. I have always felt that I have let Jesus down because of that fear – and I am here today to actually do it!

Nigel Brierley

As a soldier, from Northern Ireland to the Gulf War, I have seen, heard and even smelt what no normal person should ever have to experience. A lot is expected of a soldier.

You are expected to do things that others will not.

I had always questioned my faith and belief and wondered, with everything I had been through, how I could call myself a Christian.

I felt like God had abandoned me. I was angry at my life and my life decisions. I needed to let go of my shame and guilt.

The chance came when I was invited to church by Arlo. After the first meeting I realised I had found the place I was looking for, especially when Mark Saunders came to preach. It was like a massive light enveloped me.

I asked Jesus for His forgiveness and also that I could forgive without doubting my mind and heart, and to let His light shine over me and my life.

I am being baptised on this special day to symbolise my new life in Christ and commit to Jesus publicly cleansing me from sin.

Liam Conroy

I feel like I’ve been on the wrong path and I want to turn my life around with the Lord and do right for my family. I want to get baptised as a step of obedience to Jesus.

I believe that Jesus is the son of God, my Lord and saviour – I believe that He died for my sins and is risen from the dead.

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Matt Wilson’s baptism testimony

Matt Wilson’s baptism testimony

Thoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral

Matt Wilson’s baptism testimony

By Matt Wilson, youth leader, Jubilee Church Wirral


The message I want to get across is about trust, faithfulness and obedience.

Habakkuk 2:3: This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed.

My parents took me to church at St Mary’s in Upton from being very young, so God’s existence was never a question to me, I always believed that He was there looking after me.

When I was about 9 or 10, the Children’s Christian Crusade (CCC) came to St Mary’s and did a big outreach. At the end of one of the meetings I went to one of the leaders there and made my own decision to give my life to Jesus.

I remember praying with the leader and at home with my dad afterwards; it was something natural that I had grown up with and had decided to take on for myself.

What followed that was five years of secondary school, which was pretty awful. It was a period of bullying and so on, and I remember praying at home, thinking “I don’t want to be here”. I never told my parents! That was a real testing of my faith after committing my life to Jesus.

When I was 15 I joined a youth group at St Mary’s and met some friends who I’m still very close to after 30+ years, many of whom I meet up with regularly, others who I chat with over WhatsApp because they’re on the other side of the world.
Through that youth group, my faith really started to grow.

During my time at secondary school, one thing I knew was that I never wanted to be a teacher. I’d seen teachers be locked in cupboards, and have things thrown at them!

I decided I wanted to be an accountant or something like that, so when I was in the sixth form I applied to do a business degree at Birmingham University and that’s what I was going to do.

Then one night in one of the youth meetings, we had a band and a visiting speaker come. They spoke to us all after the meeting and spoke a few verses which really hit me, from Romans 12:6-8.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

Those verses came out of that meeting and the speaker pointed at me and said “you will lead one day”. It really challenged me so after the meeting, I went and spoke to one of the youth leaders and it became clear that God really did want me to go into teaching.

I said to God: “If that’s what you want, then I’ll try it.”

I rang Birmingham University and asked if I could change the course. They said that moving onto the teacher training course wouldn’t be a problem.

They had two teacher training colleges and initially me into the Catholic one which was a bit of a concrete jungle! I asked if I could go to the other one because was all green and leafy! They said that was fine, and that was all part of God’s plan because it was there that I met my wife Julie.

After qualifying I taught in a primary school for five years until I really felt God calling on me to try secondary teaching, which was really getting out of my comfort zone!

I decided to face my fears and got a job at a secondary school. My first year was a pretty tough year and I kept wondering “Why have I done this?”

Then at the end of this first year a job was advertised at Kingsmead, a Christian school in Hoylake.

I applied, went for interview and they wanted someone who had primary and secondary experience. So it turned out that had I not done that one hard year in a secondary school, I wouldn’t have got the job at Kingsmead.

I then spent 18 years there, teaching maths, games and all sorts of different things and then, in 2012, I took over as the head of pastoral care which was a huge thing after not wanting to be involved in the discipline side of teaching especially.

Then, in 2016, I met a guy who was part of a charity called TLG – Transforming Lives for Good. They work with children who are struggling in mainstream education.

Again, I felt that God was guiding me to work in a TLG centre. That started a journey which culminated in October this year when I was appointed to be head of a new centre, which will be opening in January 2022 in Hope Church, Hoylake.

Along that journey I really felt that God was calling me to work in the church but I never knew how that could happen – I didn’t think I was going to be a pastor or a vicar – but now I feel like this is a fulfilment of that, being a teacher and a leader and in a church. I feel that this is where He has led me to.

It’s been a 30-year journey from that first night in the church youth group, so although I’d been baptised as a baby, I felt God prompting me to come and forward and be baptised. Not just to thank God for His blessing on my life over those 30 years, but also to say “Do you know what? I need you now more than ever. Please continue to fill me up and continue to work in me as I go forward into this new role.”

It is about obedience and trusting God, about being faithful. There are two verses I’d like to end with:

Proverbs 19:21: Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

What I would encourage you all to do is ask God where He wants you to be, ask Him what He wants you to do, and try to be obedient. You’ll make mistakes along the way but if you ask Him to lead you, He will do.

This final verse is from Philippians 4:13, and I can’t tell you how many times this has come up over the years.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Matt Wilson Jubilee Church Wirral

Matt Wilson, youth leader and teacher

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Baptism testimonies at Jubilee

Baptism testimonies at Jubilee

Thoughts and insights from Jubilee Church Wirral

Baptism testimonies at Jubilee

Why do we baptise people at Jubilee? There are two reasons.

Firstly, in obedience to God. Acts 2:38 reads “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

The second reason we do it is as a public declaration of faith.

We only baptise believers; people who have come to faith. We baptise by immersion, which symbolises that your old life has died and you are being raised to new life.

But the water isn’t special: It’s just out of a tap. What you are saying when you go down into the water is “My old life is gone”, and when you are raised up again you are saying “This is who I am”.

It is a representation of what’s already happened to them. They are not made into Christians by going into the water, they are just recognising what God has done in their lives.

This week at Jubilee, four of our young people – Lucas Pilletteri, Asher Martin, Zach Martin and Josh Frodsham – alongside youth leader Matt Wilson, made the decision to be baptised.

Matt will share his testimony next week, but here’s what our young people had to say about their reasons for taking the plunge.

Lucas Pilletteri

Hello, my name is Lucas and this is my testimony.

I want to be baptised because I want to be in God’s family. Jesus tells us in the Bible that we should be baptised – I want to do as He says.

I have been taught about Jesus since I was very small. I have learned that Jesus died on the cross for my sin and I became a Christian to make things right with God.

I know that God healed me when I was seriously ill as a baby and again as a young child. Lots of people prayed for me.

I know that God listens to my prayers now. Jesus has taught me to be a kind friend and that I can tell Him anything.

I know that sometimes people don’t understand when I talk but Jesus understands everything about me and His Spirit is in my heart.


Asher Martin

At the time of writing, my Baptism is happening tomorrow on the 28th of November.

Firstly I feel excited and ready as I feel my baptism is long overdue and I can’t wait to get it done; I also feel slightly nervous but that’s only down to speaking in front of the congregation which I’m praying goes smoothly.

However I don’t think I should be nervous, I had been learning about God and Bible stories growing up in church but I first gave my life to Christ at the second Newday I went to when I was around 13.

God has called me to the worship team in which I have served in to help his church and it is ALL DOWN TO HIM that I am here about to get Baptised.

This is my testimony of how God has worked through me and in that, why should I worry? Paul says to repent and be baptised and as a Christian it is only right that I obey the word of God.

Zach Martin

I grew up in a Christian household and have known God all my life, I have devoted my life to God multiple times but the first time I realised the impact that God’s love had on my life I was in awe on my knees.

This was at Newday 2019.

The reason I am getting baptised is in obedience to God. We are told to “Repent and be baptised” and I am doing that.

Josh Frodsham

I have grown up in the church, but I first gave my life to God life at Newday
when I was 9 or 10.

I had always believed in God but took Him more as something to go to if I was in trouble. Like if I was late to school, I would pray that he would give me super speed.

But it was at Newday when I first realised, he was more.
I have been going to Newday since I was 4 months old.

I was in the children’s work, and I responded to a word for the morning. I went to one of the leaders and they prayed with me and I repented of my sin and asked for God’s forgiveness.

Over the years my relationship grew but I would encounter setbacks where I
would go my own way. I used to think everyone was better off than me, like
everyone would be getting the UCS Lego millennium falcon or the new play
station and no one would get me anything like that.

What’s the point of being a Christian if I don’t get rewarded?

But I soon realised I didn’t need stuff like that. Dwelling about things of this world is incomparable to the joys of heaven.

Newday used to be an anchor for me so that if I got too far away it would
always bring me back and rekindle the flame for the Lord. But in the last 3 or 4 years it is has been more of a trampoline and a massive boost and my
relationship with God grew hugely.

The youth sessions have been a massive help in sorting out details on how to be a better person and man of God.

It also keeps me focused on who it is all about.

So that is why I am getting baptised to truly say my old self is gone and that my life is for the Lord.


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