A vicar swapped his font for a more natural receptacle in performing his latest baptism.
In a return to how baptisms were usually done in Palestine some 2,000 years ago, Rev Will Pearson-Gee baptised parishioner Melanie Knight in the chilly waters of the River Great Ouse last Thursday morning.
Rev Pearson-Gee said he was delighted when Mrs Knight suggested, rather than use the church, they should use the river for the ceremony.
He said: “It was the most wonderful way to start the day.
“Melanie was brilliant and seemed not to mind the chilly water.
“Her husband, Will, helped me lower her in and whisk her back up.
“With all that is going on in the Middle East, it is a stark reminder that getting baptised there is effectively signing your own death warrant.
“Thankfully, the only thing we had to worry about here was slipping over in the mud!”