Baptism

Picture of babyIn baptism, you are thanking God for His gift of life, deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support. For the child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith in Jesus and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

In the service the minister will make the sign of the cross on your child's forehead, baptise them by pouring water on their head, and give them a candle to remember the day. The parents and Godparents will be asked to make promises to bring the child up as a Christian and to help them understand what this means. Being part of one of our churches is also an important part of your, and your child's, ongoing exploration of Christianity and you will promise to take part together as a family.

Since asking for Baptism for your child involves making these important promises we ask that parents come together on a two session course to explore what baptism, and the promises, might mean for your family. These sessions lasts no more than hour and a half each and take place in one of our churches. We suggest that you try and come together as a couple, together with any Godparents you have chosen, so try to find sitters for your child - why not make a night or afternoon out of it so you have some adult time to discuss what you've been sharing in.

The baptism date will be booked at the end of the second session. We run the sessions thoughout the year, sometimes in an evening and sometimes on a Sunday afternoon. You can book in for your sessions as the same time as making your enquiry.Picture of a baptism family

A word about Godparents: it is an important and responsible role. You should have three Godparents: usually two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. Godparents can be family members or friends. However, it is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child's spiritual welfare and who will pray for you and your child. They must be baptised themselves, 18 or over, and ideally should be confirmed.

Please complete the enquiry form below and we will be in touch. Your information will be kept, securely, only to assist us with this enquiry and any subsequent bookings you make.

 


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