What is baptism?
Christian Baptism (commonly known as
christening) is a sacrament that signifies spiritual
cleansing and rebirth. Baptism comes from a Greek word meaning
‘to immerse’ and in the church service it is the ritual act,
with the use of water, by which a person is admitted to
membership of the Christian Church. Baptism marks the beginning
of a lifetime journey of turning away from evil and living a
When a child is too young to speak for
themselves the parents give thanks for God’s gift of their baby
and his or her new life following Jesus. So when, as parents,
you bring your child for baptism, you will be asked to say, on
behalf of your little one, that you believe in God and that you
will bring up your child to follow Jesus.
However, as an alternative to baptism, a
Service of Thanksgiving enables you to say thank you to God
without the extra commitment and promises which baptism
requires. If you choose to have a
Thanksgiving Service, held on the third Sunday of the month
during the 10.30am service, you may also have a Baptism Service for
your child at a later date when you feel ready.
Following your initial enquiry, at which
stage it is not possible to make a booking for a baptism, you will
be invited to attend an All Age Service,
where you can experience the sort of service that includes
baptisms. Here you will meet a Baptism Team Member who will
be able to chat with you after the service about the choice
between baptism and a Service of Thanksgiving, provide more
information, give you the application forms for either service
and outline the next steps. Baptism dates can only be arranged
following receipt of the application form. Before the baptism,
it will be necessary to attend a Baptism Preparation Evening.
Please see our
for more information.
The next Baptism Preparation Evening will be held
in St. Mary's Church
from 6.45pm to 7.45pm
on Wednesday 13th March
Baptisms are held in St.
Mary's Church during the 10.30am Services
The next planned services to include Baptisms are on 24th March and 7th April 2019.
There is normally a maximum of 3 baptisms at each of these services.