I’m Lucy Cheesman, my 11 year old daughter and I have been worshipping here since July and we have felt at home with how welcomed we’ve been made to feel. I felt called to EBC and its been an answer to prayer with how we already are growing in God here. And I’m so thankful to have heard the Messy Church preaching’s as I have a heart for how we can put God’s word into practice while being very real about todays culture.  

To share the life changing experience God gave me I need to share my heart condition before that. My heart was broken and unrepentant. My life wasn’t where I thought it would be. I was raised in a very traditional Christian family daughter of a priest. I‘m so thankful for the discipline of going to church and learning Gods word in church by rote. Thats when the seed of God’s word had been planted in my thinking by my parents. I learnt how to serve in the church in many ways from a sense of duty. But memories I was holding onto of my strict upbringing lead me to believe the lies of the enemy that I was unworthy of love. At end of my twenties I’d been working as wedding photographer for 8 years seeing how easy it was for others to find love wondered still single, so looked for romantic love in another. The hurt and shame I carried from this caused me to move to the Northern territory to start as a landscape photographer. With my unsaved fearful heart I hid from God’s love there and found romantic love again with my fiancée.

When I was at my furthest point from God when all the legalistic religious thinking told me I was unworthy of forgiveness, unredeemable, and I was unmarried living with my fiancée, I was about to experience how indescribably profound Gods love mercy and grace is.

What I was about to discover I’d long given up on hope many year’s before being told many years before it would be medically very difficult near impossible for me to become pregnant. In the moment I found out I was 2 months pregnant. God completely melted my heart! I felt God's real love for me for first time. All my head knowledge fell like rain from my head onto my heart. He gave me a new heart. I felt love and conviction instead of condemnation from my sin.. I reached out to God and repented. I started letting God love me. I was filled with hope and purpose like never before praying dedicated the rest of my life  to raise my child with God’s help..

And God showed me how she was a gift from him one night when I was 3 months pregnant I woke in the middle of the night to the most amazing bright light shining from the ceiling onto my belly. My eyes were open and I couldn't speak. While staring at the beauty of to light when a little playful girl jumped through it onto my belly and disappeared into the rainbow which faded away up into the ceiling. I knew what I'd seen was a sign from God because God's promises and covenant with those who love him are the sign of the rainbow. God had shown me she was a girl and her name was to mean rainbow which is Iris. And Iris she is and God has blessed her with a beautiful strong heart for God. I give thanks to God everyday for the gift of her life and walking with God as a sole parent is something I can only do in God's strength. I've living with God in my heart has taught me to feel real forgiveness of my myself and others being able to see the sin and not the sinner. My relationship with my parents has been restored and I love seeing the love they have for Iris. Life has still been challenging but when troubles come I choose to trust in God and keep walking in His ways. Studying the Bible, sharing burdens with other christian's and serving in the church in children's' ministry and knowing in my heart that I am loved by God gives me hope for the future.

Now I am here with EBC where we have baptism by full immersion in water I ‘m doing today in action what God's been doing in my heart my whole life but more significantly than ever since worshipping here. Today I'm completely accepting God’s love for me. Today I'm doing what I believe in my heart, mind, soul and spirit! That I am saved by God's salvation because God's son, Jesus took  the punishment of death for my sin and the sin of others against me, to the cross and defeated its  power  when Jesus rose from the dead ! I live free forgiven with the undeserved grace and mercy through Jesus who has ascended and intercedes for me as my saviour. I receive this gift of grace and I accept and own the responsibility of living in this gift of freedom I have in Jesus.

  Pray that  God continue to do His redeeming work in me to serve Him completely and glorify his kingdom. And that Iris will always know in he heart that God’s word “is a lamp unto her feet and a light to her path. as in my favourite verse Psalm 119:105.

I am Anne Tuazon, formerly Anne Tiu. I was born & educated in the Philippines & migrated in Australia 34 years ago.I grew up in a traditional protestant home, completed my primary & secondary education from a Christian school. I then completed my tertiary education from a Jesuit run University in my home city.

I was christened & served in our family church, United church of Christ in the Philippines in Cebu city until I migrated to Australia.

I am a single parent with 2 young adult sons & a granddaughter.

 I’ve been attending at EBC for roughly 15 years now & have been involved with the creative/music ministry under the leadership of Eliud until Covid disrupted most of the church routines. My spiritual journey took me to be involved with BSF - Bible Study Fellowship. This study platform is instrumental in making my spiritual journey richer which brought me closer to God. The in-depth study of the word of God is humbling & eye opener at the same time.

I have decided to be baptized in response to God’s command that as a believer of our heavenly Father, we should be baptized, an evidence of my acceptance of God’s forgiveness of my sins.

You can best help me by praying for my continuing spiritual children that God will help them in their spiritual journey as well so they will receive the free gift of life.

EBC Baptism Stories (10th Oct) from Edwardstown Baptist Church on Vimeo.

James Buratto

Family has always been really important to me, I grew up in a loving home where I was always nurtured and didn’t go without. My parents Roger and Lynda were incredible examples to me of what it meant to work hard, but also instilled strong family values, which i still hold today. Growing up I knew about God but didn’t have a personal relationship with Him, we used to go to church on holidays but weren’t really a part of the community otherwise. My Nonna has always been a great woman of faith in our family and helped me to grow my curiosity and knowledge about God. 

When I met my wife, Kat, and she showed me what it is like to live as a child of God, I had the opportunity to explore what being a Christian meant to me. We journeyed together in our faith and and decided to join EBC in February of this year after we were invited by some friends of ours. This was also the first time I’d regularly attended church and had the opportunity to grow in a community and closer to God. We have loved being in this church family and journeying with Pastor Dale in the lead up to getting married, last month, this was a powerful step in being planted here as our own little family. 

Having a relationship with God is incredibly important to me. And since I have actually been working on and growing that relationship I have found so much enrichment in my life.I read somewhere this year that baptism is an outward declaration of an inward transformation which I feel really aligned with where I am on my journey.

I was baptised as a Catholic as a baby, however, it’s been on my heart to be baptised as an adult and to make that personal decision and declaration to live for Christ. 

Please pray for my future journey with God and pray for me that I can be a strong leader for my new family.

Emily Schenscher

Hello. My name is Emily. I was born into a Christian family and from a child I have believed in God. As a child, I attended Sunday School and church every Sunday with my family. As I grew older, I became more aware of what it means to become a Christian and when I was about sixteen years old, I trusted in Jesus Christ as my Saviour and I was saved. A little later, I was baptized at my church. For many Years I tried to faithfully live my life obeying God.

However, in recent years, I have not been living as closely to God as I should and have been living in a way that is contrary to God's ways.

It is for this reason, that I have decided to recommit my life to Jesus Christ as my Saviour. And as a way to demonstrate this, I have decided to be baptized again. I know that nobody can lose their salvation and that I have always been saved, but I want to be baptized again as part of recommitting my life to Jesus as my personal Saviour and Lord.

I now look forward to living more closely to Jesus as my Lord and to living my life in a way that will be pleasing to Him.

Helen Argent

As a child I was taken to church and Sunday school at the old church on South road. My mother and her parents were the greatest influence in those early years and although I stopped going to church in my late teens I remain grateful for that early grounding.

I didn’t think about God or church for many years… other members of my family asked God into their lives but I thought I was doing ok and managed to stay on track living a life without God. If I attended church during this time I did feel a sense of peace and calmness. I had some friends at work that tried to influence me to return to church but still I resisted …during this time I still thought of myself as a Christian as I came from a Christian family Mum and dad soon put me straight on that fact and for a while I conceded that I was not a Christian.

About 6 years ago and after an absence of about 50 years I began to want to go to church …about the same time Dads health began to deteriorate and I decided it would be good to take him to church to keep in touch with his friends. So I was back at church making friends and going to craft but had still not made the commitment to follow Jesus …then covid hit

Lockdown was excellent for me we had a family hub at my brothers house and as we watched the online service I asked many questions and realised that I needed to ask God into my life and become a follower of Jesus.

Returning to the new normal at church and craft I have continued to enjoy being surrounded by my amazing mentors and church family. I decided to get baptised to show that I am fully committed to follow Jesus.

Neriah Henning

Hi, my name is Neriah Henning and I’m getting baptised today. I have been blessed to grow up with Christian parents and grandparents who have been massive role models in my life growing up. My parents actually met at Edwardstown Baptist in the youth group and have been going here ever since, so I have grown up at EBC and have been here my entire life.

Last year was my most challenging year of life, my grandma, who was my rock and role model in every way passed away, and this was something I really struggled with. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and was struggling to find who I was as a person. I put my worth in what other people thought of me and set impossible standards socially and academically that I would spread myself thin trying to achieve. I felt lost and alone, and lost touch with my faith in God and who He says I am.

It was this year that things took a turn for me. God has blessed me with incredible friends in my life that have gotten me through these tough times, and have helped me to grow in my faith in God. My mum and I were having a chat in the car one day about how we’ve seen God working in our lives, and it made me realise just how prominent He has been. When I look back on last year and the difficult moments I experienced, I can see where God was working and how He put specific people in my life to help me through my struggles. This is when I truly realised how important God was to me and the incredible Father that He is. I knew in this moment that I wanted to spend my life following Him, and decided to get baptised.

I’m getting baptised today to reaffirm my relationship with God. To make a public declaration that I’m devoting my life to follow Jesus, and that I want to live my life the way that God has planned it for me. I’m not sure what God has in store for me, but I’m excited about the future and what the next steps on my journey are with Him after getting baptised.

Jemima Byard

Hi, my name is Jemima, I’m 17. My family and I have been going to EBC since I was about 3 years old and have been involved in the children’s ministry over the years.

When I was about 10 years old, mum asked me whether or not I had prayed the special prayer and asked Jesus into my life, I hadn’t so we sat and prayed together, form that moment I tried to grow in my relationship with God but didn’t stay strong because I hadn’t initiated the decision to accept Jesus. I always enjoyed going to church with my parents but didn’t go to youth group much. A couple months ago, I decided to go back to youth after feeling a pull from God. After connecting with the small group and my leader, Tory I decided to keep coming back to youth. It was then at a worship night, where Dale was praying and I felt that God was with me, which is something I hadn’t felt before. I felt like he was inviting me into relationship with him and he had been waiting for me. I then took the invitation from Dale to take a small book of John to read and start my journey with Jesus.

I’m choosing to get baptized today because God is challenging me to stand out in my faith and take courage so I can live the rest of my life growing in my relationship with Him. I’m usually quite a shy person so standing up in front of the church is a massive step for me.

For me, prayer is needed To have confidence in my faith and stay strong so I can continue to grow in my relationship with God. I also need prayer for guidance to share my faith with my friends and help lead them to their own relationship with God.