Worshippers show the depth of their faith with full immersion baptisms at a special church service in Harborough
More than 200 people packed into a Market Harborough church on Sunday evening for an extra-special service.
Worshippers looked on as 26 people from across Harborough and Oadby affirmed their Christian commitment in a service of baptism and confirmation at St Dionysius Church.
A dozen of them reaffirmed their baptismal vows by full immersion in a large portable font (baptismal pool) brought in from Leicester Cathedral.
The service was led by the Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Rev Martyn Snow, and candidates spoke publicly about their journey to faith.
Some of them had become Christians through the Alpha Course run regularly by the Anglican Team.
After the service the Rev James Pickersgill, Team Vicar of St Dionysius, said: "This was a celebration of Christian faith and how it empowers ordinary people for daily living in today's world.
“It was full of joy and very moving.”
He added: “Making such a public affirmation of faith was a significant and memorable step forward for those who were baptised and confirmed and a real encouragement to the faith of everyone else."