Jesus said “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew Chapter 19 verse 14

We welcomeanyone who wishes to bring their children for Baptism, (also known as Christening) or for a Thanksgiving and Naming Service.

Baptism is a sacrament and a sacrament is an outward sign of something real inside. Baptism is a sign of God’s unconditional love for us.

At a baptism or christening the child is:

• signed with the cross using oil that has been blessed for that purpose by the Bishop.
• sprinkled with water three times in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
• given a candle as a symbol of the Light of Christ which shines in our world.

Baptisms usually take place at the main service on a particular Sunday at the church in question. It is important that person to be baptised is welcomed into the Church by a congregation of Christ’s people.

If it is practicable we like to prepare you,the parents and godparents/sponsors of the person to be baptised if that person is a child. If the person is mature enough to be prepared for baptism themself we would wish to prepare them. The promises that parents and godparents/sponsors are solemn ones made in front of God and his people. We also would like to introduce to the service, and what will happen on the day.

If you would rather wait for your children to be able to make the decision about baptism later for themselves or if you feel you are not ready to make the promises involved in Baptism, why not have a special service of Thanksgiving and Naming? Your child will be given a Gospel, presented for Naming and Blessing, and may have supporting friends and family as Sponsors.

To ask about a Baptism or Naming and Thanksgiving, please telephone or email to make an appointment.

We look forward to welcoming you and your children.