We also offer a Service of Thanksgiving for those who wish to express their thanks for the birth of their child but who are not yet ready to make a commitment to follow Christ.
For more details of Baptisms and Thanksgiving services, please contact the church office.
What is baptism
In baptism, you are thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision 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 lifelong journey which involves turning away from all that is wrong, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the church, God's family on earth.
What happens during the service?
Baptisms usually take place
during our Sunday Morning services. This is so that
you can be welcomed by the church. In turn the Church will promise to support and
pray for you and your family. We will make sure you know what will happen in the service. Some parts of the service will be for the
whole congregation to join in, some will be for you and the godparents.
Making decisions and promises
When you bring your child for baptism you will be asked to make a public declaration on behalf of your child that you believe in God and that you will bring your child up to follow Jesus. You will be asked to answer, on your child's behalf, that you have decided to turn away from everything which is wrong and turn towards Christ. The declarations made by you and the child's godparents will be made in front of the church congregation; the church will promise to support you and pray for you and your child.
Symbols and actions used during the service
A number of important symbols and actions will be used during the service itself:
Godparents promise to pray and support your child and to help you to bring up your child to know, to love and to serve Jesus. This is an important role. Godparents can be family members or friends. However, it is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child's spiritual welfare and who will pray for you and your child.
You may prefer a service of Thanksgiving for your child. In a Thanksgiving Service you
thank God for the gift of your child and your child is blessed. If you choose to have a Thanksgiving, you may also have a Baptism service for your child at a later date.