In baptism, you are thanking God for His gift of life, deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support. For the child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith in Jesus and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.
In the service, the minister will make the sign of the cross on your child's forehead, baptise them by pouring water on their head, and give them a candle to remember the day. The parents and Godparents will be asked to make promises to bring the child up as a Christian and to help them understand what this means. Being part of one of our churches is also an important part of your, and your child's, ongoing exploration of Christianity and you will promise to take part together as a family.
To make an enquiry about your child's baptism please complete the form at the bottom of this page and we will be in touch. Your information will be kept, securely, only to assist us with this enquiry and any subsequent bookings you make. Our Data Privacy Notice can be found here. Depending on which parish you live in and which church you wish the baptism to take place in you will either be invited to a two-session course with other parents, or we will be in touch with you to make a personal visit.
Since asking for Baptism for your child involves making these important promises we will meet with you either on the course or in your own home to explore what baptism, and the promises, might mean for your family. These course sessions last no more than an hour and a half each and take place in one of our churches. We suggest that you try and come together as a couple, together with any Godparents you have chosen, so try to find sitters for your child - why not make a night or afternoon out of it so you have some adult time to discuss what you've been sharing in. You will receive an invitation to the course or a telephone call to arrange a meeting when we acknowledge your enquiry
The baptism date will be booked at the end of the second session or when we have met with you. We run the sessions throughout the year, sometimes in an evening and sometimes on a Sunday afternoon. Please note that there can be up to 4 months between your initial enquiry and a baptism service.
A word about Godparents: it is an important and responsible role. You should have three Godparents: usually two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. Godparents can be family members or friends. However, it is important that you choose people who will help and support your child as they learn and growin faith and who will pray for you and your child. They must be baptised themselves, 18 or over, and ideally should be confirmed.