What is Baptism?
Often called christenings, baptism marks the start of a journey: a journey in God’s family, learning to be followers of Jesus. In baptism, a person – child or adult – becomes part of God’s family, part of the church.
Baptisms are a wonderful occasion where you can celebrate the arrival of your child. But they are not just for babies. We are very happy to baptise adults who want to become part of God’s family.
What Happens at a Baptism?
Parents and godparents promise to help a child on their journey with God. We also pray that God will help you in the wonderful but challenging role of being a mum or dad!
The minister pours water onto the baby’s head and anoints it with special oil. These are signs of a new life in God’s family and the special relationship that we believe God makes with someone at their baptism.
A Baptism can be either a stand-alone one in the afternoon, for your child only, or as part of one of our morning services, such as Rosie’s Baptism:
What will I promise?
Parents and godparents declare and promise to:
Some people feel unable to make these promises, but still want to give thanks to God for their child and celebrate their arrival with family and friends. If you feel this way, you can do that with us in a Thanksgiving Service.
When are baptisms performed?
They are performed on Sundays during one of the morning services or in a separate service at 1pm or 2pm. We warmly encourage you to come to church for a few weeks to get to know us and see what being part of the church means.
What do I do now?
If you want to know more about:
A Baptism for your child
A Thanksgiving Service for your child
An adult Baptism for yourself
Please get in touch through the church office via the form below.
One of the team will visit you to talk it through and answer any questions. We also warmly invite you to come along on a Sunday and meet the rest of us, and meet others seeking to follow Jesus in everyday life.