“…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age..” [Matthew 28:19-20]
Welcome to our baptism and thanksgiving information page
We’re so glad you want to know about the possibility of baptism at one of our churches.
However, sometimes we find people are a little confused about what baptism (or Christening) is, so let’s start by clearing up a few misconceptions about baptism.
Baptism is not:
- a naming ceremony for a child.
- a way for your child to automatically go to heaven.
- a way to help with school entry.
- a way to get extra rights to be married in a church, or buried in its graveyard!
So what is Baptism?
- is a public ceremony that announces to the world your decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ.
- Involves you making public promises about your commitment to the Christian lifestyle and your faith in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
. Isa commitment to continue being part of God’s worshipping community, the church.
For a baptism to have integrity, you must be ready to:
- make a public promise that you are a follower of Jesus Christ.
- make a public promise about your lifestyle that may mean you have to make some significant changes to how you live.
- commit to regularly worshipping in church.
Sometimes people can find those promises a bit intimidating,
Sometimes, even after a preparation course, people aren’t sure about the promises. That’s quite normal, and some people at this point opt to have a service of Thanksgiving instead.
What is a Service of Thanksgiving?
A “Thanksgiving for the gift of a child” is a public celebration to mark the birth and naming of your child. We give thanks for your child’s new life, and commit both you and the child to God, asking for his help and blessing in the years to come.
It is the sort of service that almost anyone who believes in God can stand up and take part in, even if they are not sure what else they believe. It’s a way in which parents can express their gratitude for the birth of the child, and receive God’s blessing on them and the child.
If you would like to give thanks to God for your child and publically name them, then a thanksgiving service is a great option. We can arrange a thanksgiving easily and quickly, as apart from an initial meeting with the vicar, there is no formal preparation necessary. We can also be a lot more flexible with dates. Please contact our office to find out more about a thanksgiving!
I want to go ahead with baptism for myself or a child.
If you are ready for the commitment of baptism , here’s what to do next!
- Please don’t make any promises to your family about dates! Preparation for baptism can take a few months from
firstenquiry to baptism. This is to allow us time to prepare you properly.
- Regularly worship in our churches (by regular we mean more than once a month, perhaps for a period of 6 months). Get involved, get to know the church community.
- Once they’ve got to know you, speak to one of our clergy about baptism.
- Fill in and return a baptism application form. Please follow the instructions below to download and return an application form.
- Attend our baptism preparation classes. This will help you think-through the promises you are making.
- Once preparation is well underway, the vicar will begin to explore a date with you for the baptism. We cannot guarantee a date with you until this stage in the process. Please note that not all of our regular Sunday morning services are ideal for baptisms. This is especially true during busy periods such as Christmas and Easter.
- Continue to worship regularly with us, and get involved in the lives of the people in our church community.
We know life is busy (especially with small children), so if you aren’t ready to for this level of commitment, why not consider a service of thanksgiving instead?
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