Baptism is the beginning
of a journey -
This journey involves turning away from the darkness of self-
Baptism is a sacrament
A sacrament is a visible sign of God's love and grace. In baptism, we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we all need to turn away from the darkness of evil and to make a new start with God.
Baptism makes us a Christian.
In Baptism God takes us and makes us one of His children. We become a member of the Church.
Baptism is not just for children, adults are baptised too. But adults are only baptised when they have been regularly worshipping with the Church for some months, and have undergone a period of instruction
Baptism is free
Baptism is God’s gift to us, and the Church makes no charge for administering the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.
We do need to be able to keep our churches open though, and this is becoming more costly each year. A donation towards the upkeep of the Church is always appreciated.
God reaches out to us and helps us journey with him for the whole of our earthly life, so that we may also be with him after our death.
Godparents help on the journey of faith.
The people who are chosen to be Godparents must also believe that worship is important, and must already be baptised when the application for baptism is made.
The godparents you choose for your child must be at least 16 years of age You must have one godfather and one godmother, but you can choose to have more, though we encourage a maximum of four godparents, so that they are seen to be really special people.
In Baptism the parents and godparents make three decisions for the child:
They also make three decisions, that they:
If parents and godparents do not play their part then the child will not get far on the journey of faith.
Want to arrange a baptism?
It’s a serious business.
The Church takes baptism very seriously and trusts that parents who ask for their child to be baptised will do their best to bring their child up to believe in God and to attend church each week to worship Him.
It’s everyone’s business.
The service is not private. You are not "booking the church" or "hiring the church" you are coming to the church to ask God to do something for your child, which He really wants to do: make your child a part of a world-
It’s a memorable business
You will want to cherish the memory of what happened on the day, but it is important that everyone plays their part during the service. We do not encourage the taking of photographs during the service because then people are not praying for the child. Their prayers are important. Perhaps you could explain this to your family and friends. But, the priest will stop at appropriate moments and invite people to take some pictures.
It can be a tricky business
Getting the date right can be a very complicated matter, and there will be a lot of people to consider. It can become complicated for us too, as we have to juggle the demands of lots of families who ask for Baptism with the ordinary Sunday duties of the priest, and take into account any special things that may be happening. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to have the date you want, so please try and be flexible. You should always find out on what Sundays it will be possible for the baptism to go ahead before you book a reception or tell your family or friends.
To arrange a wedding or a baptism or for the calling of Banns of Marriage
please contact the Parish Office 01639 886740
St Mary’s, St Agnes’ Holy Trinity & The St Paul’s Centre