Baptisms or Christening
The Church is always delighted to baptize a new member of the family.
What is Baptism?
For God’s part, baptism is a sign that he is at work in our lives. He offers to make us a part of his own family – with all the privileges and responsibilities that this brings. For our part, baptism is our active response to that. Especially at such an important time of change in our lives we want to acknowledge our need of God and to involve him. Baptism is a sign to show that we understand this, and that we want to belong to God’s family.
The Baptism Service
The Baptism Service is focussed in three ways: on God, on the parents and godparents, and on the child. Baptism represents our beginning as Christians, the start of our lives as members of God’s own family. That is why in many churches you will find the font near the door. For it is through baptism that we enter become part of God’s family. The service may form part of our regular morning service or an afternoon service, usually starting at 12.30pm, at which candidates from several different families may be baptised.
What about Godparents?
Godparents are those who sponsor a child at their baptism, and they promise to help him or her to grow up in the Christian faith. They have a duty (together with the parents) to ensure that the child is brought up as a member of the Church, and to pray regularly for the child. Clearly if they are to do this, they ought to be Christians. As such we ask that all godparents should themselves have been baptised. Traditionally a child has three godparents, and this is still the norm. However we ask simply that there should be at least two godparents. Those who are not baptised may still have a role to play as Supporting Friends.
What to do next
If you would like to enquire further please contact the Team Office. Baptism preparation will be arranged, usually with at least one home visit either by a member of the clergy team or a lay person who is part of our baptism team
Telephone 01373 859450