From the earliest days of the Christian Church, Baptism has been the way in which people become Christians and members of the Church. The Gospels tell us that Jesus himself was baptized by John the Baptist in the River Jordan and that Jesus taught his disciples to go out into the world and baptize. Jesus teaches his people that all who would enter his kingdom must be born again of water and the Spirit. Baptism is the sign and seal of this new birth.
Those who are baptized as children must be nurtured in faith, sustained by prayer, and welcomed into the worshipping and serving life of the Church.
Baptism normally takes place at 12.00pm on a Sunday afternoon. During the 20 minute service, water is poured over the head of the candidate for baptism three times in the Name of the God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The act of baptism signifies our participation in the death of Jesus and in his Resurrection. As he died and was buried, we symbolically go down into the water of baptism with him. And as he rose from the dead, we symbolically come away from the water in his risen power, made new.
When children are baptized, their parents and carefully selected godparents undertake certain responsibilities. For this reason parents and godparents will be helped and assisted beforehand in understanding their responsibilities. Parents and godparents of young children are also encouraged to understand fully their responsibilities and duties in reading the Bible, in praying, and in worshipping regularly as an example to their child.
The Church provides for children to be baptized in the hope and trust that parents, together with the local church, will surround them with a living faith which will sustain them throughout their lives.
For further details please contact the Churchwardens.