If you are able to share with your child the joy and the challenge of following Jesus, you will be giving a gift more valuable than any other.

Baptisms (what the church calls christenings) are conducted during the main church service on particular Sundays throughout the year. If you are bringing a child for baptism, someone will visit you to talk you through the order of service and answer any questions you may have. We have a short DVD to show you which explains what baptism is about. During the service parents and godparents make promises themselves and on behalf of the child so it is important you understand the implications of these.

EXTRACT FROM THE SERVICE:

“Parents and godparents, the Church receives (your child) with joy. Today we are trusting God for his/her growth in faith. Will you pray for him/her,  draw him/her  by your example into the community of faith and walk with him/her  in the way of Christ?

With the help of God, we will.

In baptism (your child ) begins their journey in faith. You speak for him/her today. Will you care for him/her, and help him/her to take this/her place within the life and worship of Christ’s Church?

With the help of God, we will.

Do you turn to Christ?
I turn to Christ.

Do you repent of your sins?
I repent of my sins.

Do you renounce evil?
”I renounce evil’.

If you find that you cannot with integrity make the promises, we also offer a service of thanksgiving for the birth of a child where no promises are made but the gift of the child is celebrated before God.

You will be given the opportunity to choose some  of the hymns for the service which  lasts about an hour.

The Church of England expects godparents to have been baptised themselves. The usual number of godparents is 4 but that is for you to decide. There is no fee for baptism.

It is also possible for adults to be baptised as a public witness to their faith in Christ.

Please contact the Rector for further information.