Baptism (or Christening) is about welcome. Not only is it a welcome into the family of the local church, it is also a welcome into the Christian faith.
Baptism is sign of someone accepting the claims of Jesus Christ, that he is the Son of God, and that he died and rose again for them. Water is used to symbolise our sins being washed away and the desire to lead a new life in relationship with God. When a child is baptised who is too young to understand these things for themselves, parents and godparents make declarations on their behalf, showing their decision to follow Jesus Christ.
Considering baptism gives you a great opportunity for you to explore the Christian faith for yourself. Preparation is very important and involves an initial meeting with one of the clergy and a short course. Baptisms ordinarily take place during the morning service, so that it can be done with the church family. As part of the preparation, we also request that families be part of the church family as much as possible.
In some cases a baptism may not be right for your family, or perhaps not yet, so we also offer a Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child. There is no expectation on parents to make any declarations of Christian faith, and the service can be done at any time to suit you.
If you would like to consider baptism, or a service of thanksgiving, please speak to the church office for an application form in the first instance, or speak to the priest in charge.
If you are not resident in one of our parishes we encourage you to explore baptism in your local church in the first instance, as adequate preparation is often difficult to achieve at a distance, and so you can build links with your local church community. However, if there are particular reasons for wishing to have your child baptised in one of our parishes, these will of course be considered.
Wherever you are in your faith, we would love to help you on that journey. A great place to start is Alpha, which we run each year. See our 'Exploring faith' page for more information
During coronavirus restrictions baptisms are permitted but with minimal attendance, so most people are choosing to wait until the current pandemic ends and their wider family are able to join them in church.
Making an enquiry
If you would like to contact us about baptism, please use the form below. If you are enquiring about a Thanksgiving service, please mention this in the Notes section.