Baptism is an important step in a persons life. We are happy to baptise both children or adults. It is a wonderful moment, not just for the person being baptised, but for the whole Christian family. Baptism is a sacrament which symbolises a real desire to turn to God, or to bring up a child as a Christian. The only reason to be baptised is that you intend your child to be a part of the Church family, to become a regular worshipper and to grow up in a real and active Christian faith. Baptism involves making some promises to God and to his people gathered together to worship. These are solemn promises, which must be carefully made to have any meaning. Here are some of promises made in the baptism service.
Parents and godparents, the Church receives (child's name) with joy. Today we are trusting God for his/her growth in faith. Will you pray for him/her, draw him/her by your example into the community of faith and walk with him/her in the way of Christ? Answer With the help of God, we will.
In baptism (n) begins their journey in faith. You speak for him/her today. Will you care for him/her and help him/her to take his/her place within the life and worship of Christ’s Church? Answer With the help of God, we will.
Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God? Answer I reject them
Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil? Answer I renounce them
Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour? Answer I repent of them
Do you turn to Christ as Saviour? Answer I turn to Christ
Do you submit to Christ as Lord? Answer I submit to Christ
Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life? Answer I come to Christ .
How do I arrange a baptism? Please contact the The Revd Nigel Lacey on (01502) 464799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the 'Contact' form on this website. You will be asked to fill in a form so that details can be entered into the baptism register.
What about Godparents? The Church of England requires that all godparents should have themselves been baptised. They do not have to be member of the Church of England.
What happens at a Baptism service? These are usually arranged to take place on a Sunday lunchtime/ afternoon. At the service (which lasts about 30 minutes) you will be given a special Baptism Candle and there are certificates for the person being baptised and for the godparents.
Is there a charge for baptism? There is no charge but we do encourage donations and a plate will be put out for these.