Contact: Rev Sandra Sykes email@example.com or 01245 362701
BAPTISMSsee also: www.churchofengland.org/ and follow the link
|Every child is precious and special, a gift from God and we are delighted to be able to share something of your joy, to encourage you in your parenting and to enable you, and your families, to celebrate the arrival of your child.If you are thinking about Baptism then please phone to arrange for a visit.What is a baptism?In baptism, you as parents are thanking God for His gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for God’s support.What is the difference between a baptism and a christening?They are both the same – just a different name.How old does the child have to be to be baptised?
There is no rule as to the age of baptism. Any child or adult can be baptised.
Can I choose a church for a baptism?
When will the baptism take place?
How do we arrange a baptism service?
We ask you to arrange one of these meetings even if you already have prior knowledge of baptism. Not only is it beneficial to have a refresher, but it also provides an opportunity to discuss the Christian faith further with you. A baptism leaflet and application form will be given to you at the meeting, when a suitable time and date can also be arranged.
|Is it necessary for parents to attend church?
It would be very helpful if you were able to do so – for a number of reasons!Firstly,a baptism service is about welcoming your child into the family of the church and we believe it is helpful for you to get to know us, and we get to know you, and that you have a sense of belonging to the church when this service takes place.Secondly, coming along will give you an idea of the type of church we are, which will help you decide whether, or not, you want your child (and yourselves) to be part of our church family. It will also give you a general ‘feel’ of the type of service you will be inviting your family and friends along to.Thirdly, it’s always good for us (and for you) to feel as though we know each other in some small way – especially if we’re going to be involved in one of the most special days of your life. The only way a relationship can be developed is when we see each other on a regular basis.We’d like to encourage you, as your child grows older, to make use of the opportunities for them to learn more about the Christian faith through our Sunday Club / Sunday School groups.
Our leaflet about including children in church can be viewed /downloaded here Children’s leaflet
We would encourage you to be willing to pray for your child (the prayer below may be of help to you); pray with your child; worship in Church Sunday by Sunday with your child and encourage your child to know Jesus for themselves and to become an active member of the Christian Church.
May God’s blessing rest upon you and your family at this exciting time.
A Prayer for your child