Baptism

Baptism Policy

We are delighted to welcome those seeking baptism and will do all that we can to make the service as special and memorable as possible.

What is baptism?

Baptism is the start of a journey of faith which involves turning away from sin and towards Jesus Christ. When we are baptised we become members of the Church.

Can anyone get baptised?

Those who live in the parishes or who worship regularly at one of the three churches are eligible to be baptised or to have their children baptised. In baptism, parents and godparents promise to bring up children in the Christian faith and help them take their place within the life and worship of the Church. They need to think carefully about how and where this will take place. We would like to encourage those who live outside the three parishes to seek baptism in their local church. At the same time, we appreciate that some people have strong links with our parishes and would like their child to be baptised in one of our churches. If this is the case, we would ask them to obtain written permission from their parish priest and to join us for worship on at least three occasions before the baptism. Those who are baptised are joining the church’s family. We feel it is important that they get to know us so that they will feel more at home on the day.

When does baptism take place?

Baptisms usually take place in the church’s main Sunday service because they are a public declaration that those who are baptised are becoming part of the church family. It is important that the church congregation is there to support and welcome them.

Conclusion

Baptism is only the beginning of our Christian journey. We hope that you will continue to be part of the church family. We will do all that we can to support and encourage those who have been baptised as they grow in faith.