A NEWTOWN church has co-ordinated a baptism and confirmation service in the River Dee with Bishop Keith Sinclair.

On a spectacular sunny day Christ Church Chester, Church of England Parish Church of Newtown, gathered to support the nine baptism and confirmation candidates.

Each of the participants explained their journey of faith before joining Revd Ralph Kemp and Rt Revd Keith Sinclair in the water to be baptised.

Bishop Keith then confirmed the candidates on the riverbank and led those gathered in communion together.

The morning finished with a picnic on the riverbank.

The Associate Vicar the Revd Ralph Kemp said: "This was a fantastic morning and a real highlight of our church year.

"This is the third year we have done this and we hope it will continue to be an annual event at Christ Church.

"Thank you to Bishop Keith and all the candidates who braved the river and allowed us to celebrate with them in the sunshine."

Christ Church is located near Northgate Arena and the Fire Station and has Sunday services at 9.30 am and 11am, welcoming all. There is a weekly drop-in cafe for vulnerable and homeless people.