“…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]
We’re delighted you want to know about the possibility of baptism at one of our churches.
Christian baptism takes one of two forms. Its either a choice an adult makes for themselves, or a choice an adult makes on behalf of a child, until such time as the child is in a position to make a choice for themselves.
Either way, the heart of baptism is not the ceremony, but the decision taken to become a follower of Jesus Christ. The ceremony of baptism is a visible and public sign of this decision and a choice to identify with a particular church community. Part of the ceremony involves the church community welcoming the baptism candidate – so baptisms will usually form part of the main Sunday service.
If you are already worshipping regularly with us and want to be baptised or would like your child to be baptised, please speak to your clergy directly – the end of a service is a good time. If you aren’t regularly worshipping with us, the first step is to contact our baptism coordinator, (or for St James, Welland: Mary Purser 01684 310289) who will usually ask you to fill in and return a baptism application form. Please follow the instructions below to download and return an application form.
- Infant Baptism Application Form. (Note, please don’t open the form in your browser. Instead, save to your computer by right-clicking the link and choosing “Save Link As”. Then fill in the document on your computer, save it, and email it to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not already have Adobe Reader, you may need to install it – it’s free, just click here!)
- Adult Baptism Application Form (Note, please don’t open the form in your browser. Instead, save to your computer by right-clicking the link and choosing “Save Link As”. Then in the document on your computer, save it, and email it to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not already have Adobe Reader, you may need to install it – it’s free, just click here!)
Resources for children
Sometimes friends or family may want to buy a Bible for a child being baptised. We’ve found some of these Bibles are particularly good for children.
For a child that enjoys reading, try these modern Bible translations:
- Good News Bible (Bible Gnb) .
- God’s Words of Life for Kids: New International Reader’s Version (God’s Words of Life) .
For younger children, try these bibles:
- Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name (An excellent children’s bible – from about age 4).
- Lion First Bible. Suitable for under 3s.
- The Lion Storyteller Bible (Read-aloud) . Great for u4s if you like to read out loud to them.