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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, you may also have a Baptism Service for your child at a later date when you feel ready. 

Following your initial enquiry, 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 two Baptism Team Members 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. 

2017 Baptism Preparation Evenings are held on Wednesdays
in St. Mary's Church from 7pm to 8.30pm on:
 18th October and 22nd November

2017 Baptism Services held in St. Mary's Church during the All Age Services
are on Sundays at 10.30am:
3rd September, 5th November and 3rd December

2017 Thanksgiving Services are on Sundays at 10.30am:
15th October and 19th December

Click Here for our 2017 Baptism Leaflet in PDF format.

 Baptisms at St. Mary's Church Andover


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