Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. (Matthew 19:14)
It is always a joy to welcome a new child for a baptism and to the family of God. (Adults too can be baptised on request if they have never been baptised). Baptism is a sacrament, or outward sign, of an inward and spirituial grace. At the beginning of the baptism service the Book of Common Prayer we read:
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for
the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. For all
involved, particularly the candidates but also parents and sponsors, it is a
joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ,
making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community
of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising
support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides
an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the
progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new
member of the Church.
Baptisms are done during the main morning services. Parents and Godparents make serious promises during the baptism service to bring their child up as part of the church family. If parents don't feel they can honour the promises then a naming ceremony may be more appropriate.
Parents wishing to find out more about baptism for their child can download The Baptism Booklet here.
It is desirable that parents who brings a child for baptism are regular attednees at church. If you would like to explore baptism or arrange a baptism for you or your child, please contact the Rector.
There is no cost for a baptism done during the morning services.