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What is baptism? Christian Baptism (commonly known as christening) is a Christian sacrament that signifies spiritual cleansing and rebirth. Baptism comes from a Greek word meaning ‘to immerse’ and in the church service it is the ritual act, with the use of water, by which a person is admitted to membership of the Christian Church. Baptism marks the beginning of a lifetime journey of turning away from evil and living a Christian life. When a child is too young to speak for themselves the parents give thanks for God’s gift of their baby and his or her new life following Jesus. So when, as parents, you bring your child for baptism, you will be asked to say, on behalf of your little one, that you believe in God and that you will bring up your child to follow Jesus.

However, as an alternative to baptism, a Service of Thanksgiving enables you to say thank you to God without the extra commitment and promises which baptism requires. There are no godparents. If you choose to have a Thanksgiving Service, held on the third Sunday of the month during the 10.30am service, you may also have a Baptism Service for your child at a later date when you feel ready. 

Following your initial enquiry, at which stage it is not possible to make a booking for a baptism, you will be invited to attend an All Age Service, where you can experience the sort of service that includes baptisms. Here you will meet a Baptism Team Member who will be able to chat with you after the service about the choice between baptism and a Service of Thanksgiving, provide more information, give you the application forms for either service and outline the next steps. Baptism dates can only be arranged following receipt of the application form. Before the baptism, it will be necessary to attend a Baptism Preparation Evening - please see Baptism Booklet (link below). 

2018 Baptism Preparation Evening are held on Wednesdays
in St. Mary's Church from 6.45pm to 8.30pm on:
 25th July, 26th September and 28th November

2018 Baptism Services held in St. Mary's Church during the All Age Services
are on Sundays at 10.30am,
when there is normally a maximum of 3 baptisms at each of these services:
1st July, 2nd September, 7th October,
4th November and 2nd December

Click Here for the 2018 Baptism Booklet

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