Baptisms (Christening)

baptismWhat 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 the Church’s support.

For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Some questions answered:

Q What is Baptism?
A Baptism is a sacrament: a visible sign of Gods love.

Q What is the difference between baptism and christening?
A None, theyre just different words for the same thing.

Q May we have a private service for baptism?
A Yes, and a church member will usually be there to represent the Christian community. But it is more logical to have this ceremony during the main Sunday service so that new parents and godparents can feel supported: talk to the Vicar.

Q What is the right age for baptism?
A Any age. When teenagers and adults are baptised it is often followed by formal Confirmation by the Bishop.

Q What is the role of godparents?
A Godparents make the same promises on behalf of the child being baptised as the parents. That means prayer and support for the child and helping the parents bring up the child in the Christian faith. It is traditional to have at least three god-parents: two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex, but this is not prescriptive.

Q Im not a regular churchgoer. May I still have my child baptised?
A Certainly; Christians believe that Gods love is available to all. Talk to the Vicar about the options. At St. Martins we would ask you to come to one of our “Sunday First” family Services before you get your child baptised.

Q What does it cost?
A The Baptism service is free.