BAPTISMS

The Christian journey begins at Baptism.

When you are Baptised (Christened) which is usually when you are a baby you remember nothing about it, but your Christian journey has begun. The Godparents will promise on you behalf at your Baptism that you will follow Jesus Christ. At your Baptism you will be signed with the cross and be dipped in water or have water poured on you, and God will accept you as his beloved child.

Those who have been Baptized can then become confirmed.

Being confirmed means that you make your Baptism promises for yourself and you turn your back on all that is wrong in your life. The Bishop will lay his hands on you as a sign that God accepts your promise and strengthens you with his Holy Spirit.

Those who are Baptized and Confirmed share fully in the Eucharist.

Christians do this especially on Sundays, the weekly celebration of the Lord's resurrection. Through joining in weekly worship we become part of our local community of Christians- The Church. The Church is called the 'body of Christ' - and each Christian is a member of that body.

Baptisms can be booked by contacting the Priest in Charge Revd Canon Anne Brown 01872 572654 or the Benefice Administrator: Mrs Katy Hocking 01872 573025.

Baptisms are normally held on the second and third Sunday each month and can either be in the service of one of the Churches in the Benefice, or privately by arrangement usually 1.00pm.

If you have been Baptized and wish to be confirmed please contact the Priest in Charge Revd Canon Anne Brown 01872 572654 or the Benefice Administrator: Mrs Katy Hocking 01872 573025.

What is Baptism

In Baptism, you as parents 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 your child, baptism: marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from the darkness of self-centredness, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. Baptism is a 'sacrement': a visible sign of God's love. In baptism, we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we all need to turn away from the darkness of evil and to make a new start with God.

What's the difference between baptism and christening?

None, they are just different words for the same thing.

Duties of Godparents.

Godparents should be witnesses to our Lord Jesus Christ. All the Christians gathered round the font together represent the Church of Christ, into whose fellowship the children are received for salvation. But the Godparents also represent the children , promising on their behalf to renounce what is evil, to believe  what is true and to do what is right, according to Christ’s teaching and example.

Godparents must pray for their Godchildren continually. When the children are handed back after Baptism, they are entrusted to the Godparents’ care as well as to that of their Father and Mother. And immediately afterwards everyone prays that they may lead the rest of their lives according to this holy beginning. So, even if they live far away, Godparents should often think of their Godchildren and pray that God’s grace may be with them and lead them through good and ill.

Being a Godparent is like being a second Father or Mother to the child. With the Father and Mother, the Godparent will see to the child’s Christian upbringing and, if anything were to happen to the parents, should be prepared to assume full   responsibility for their Christian education. So a Godparent must love their Godchild like a child of their own. That means far more than giving the child presents. It means being their true friend in this life, while pointing always to the life that only God can give. It means being a witness to our Lord Jesus Christ.

I'm not a regular churchgoer. Can I still have my child baptised.

Yes. The Church believes that God's love is available to all, regardless of their background. The Priest can talk you through the options: you may prefer to have a Thanksgiving service first and then consider baptism when you have had time to talk through what is being asked of you. You may also wish to find out more about the Christian faith and what joining the Church involves before you make a decision about baptism. Again, the Priest can give you guidance.

What is the right age for baptism.

Baptism can happen at any age. What matters is that those concerned believe it is right to ask for baptism. Teenages and adults may also be baptised. This is celebrated with confirmation by the Bishop. You can only be baptised once, but there are ways of renewing your commitment publicly as an adult, your Priest will be able to advise.

Thanksgiving Service

You may wish to ask your Priest about having a service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child. In this service, you will thank God for the gift of your child and the child will be blessed. You do not have to make the same promises as in the Baptism service. If you choose to have a Thanksgiving service, you may also have a batism service at a later date.

Can we have a private service of baptism?

Baptisms take place in a church's Sunday service, because they are a public declaration that your child has become part of the church family. It is important that the church congregation is there to support you and welcome your child. However if you want a private service this can be arranged and usually takes place in our churches at 1.00pm on the second or third Sunday in the month.

What does it cost.

The baptism service is free. However, a collection will be taken during the normal Sunday service as usual and everyone is invited to contribute as generously as possible. If there is a private baptism then usually there is a collection plate is available for you to make a donation for the work of the church in your community.

UK taxpayers are invited to use the gift aid envelopes which, when completed will enable the church to claim an additional £1.80 from the Inland Revenue for every £5 given.