At the end of Matthew’s Gospel Jesus tells the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, ‘baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’.
What’s so important about baptism? What does it mean?
Through the love and grace of God, and the power of his Spirit, baptism unites us with Christ such that we share his life. It is a new birth, a fresh beginning in the household of faith. However, baptism isn’t an end in itself but the beginning of a wonderful journey. For faith isn’t merely an assent to a set of doctrines but a relationship with the living God.
When do baptisms take place?
Baptisms usually take place during the main Sunday morning service. This is so that you or your child can be welcomed and supported by the other members of the church community. However, in certain circumstances other times can be arranged.
What about godparents? How many do I need?
Godparents promise to pray for their godchild and support them in the Christian faith. It is an important and responsible role.
It is usual to have three godparents: 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 take an interest in your child’s spiritual welfare and pray for regularly for them. Godparents must have been baptised, and ideally should also have been confirmed.
How do I find out more information or arrange for a baptism?
If you would like to discover more about baptism, please contact the parish office to arrange a meeting with the vicar.
You can submit an online baptism application from this link: Baptism Application Form