Baptism and Confirmation
We welcome you into God’s family
Revd Anne, our former Vicar Baptising twins!
We are delighted that you are considering having your child baptised. Your child’s baptism is a very important occasion both for the Church and for your family, and one that we take very seriously.
Baptisms take place on the First Sunday at St James and the Third Sunday at All Saints within the main 10am service because we are welcoming your child into God’s family. We hope that it will be a happy and memorable time for all concerned and, like everything else important in life, your child’s baptism will require careful planning and preparation
Baptism is the Church’s special welcome into God’s family. People are normally baptized as babies, but many are baptized as children, young people or adults. It is never too late to be baptized!
When a priest baptises someone, he or she makes the sign of the cross on their forehead, and pours water on their head. Sometimes people are dipped in the water or go down into it. Jesus himself was baptised in the river Jordan before he began his ministry of teaching and preaching.
When people are baptised, they make important promises about what they believe. The priest prepares them for baptism. They are baptised in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Baptism washes away guilt for sin which would otherwise impede our relationship with God our Father
Parents and godparents make the promises for babies and young children who cannot answer for themselves. Parents, godparents and the church family also make promises of their own to provide the person being baptised with the resources, opportunities and encouragement to follow Jesus. They are normally given a lighted candle.
Baptism leads to ‘confirmation’ when young people and adults confirm the decision made on their behalf by their parents and godparents at baptism when they were babies.
Shirley Raynes (01206 30 51 90) and Jennifer Gallant (01206 30 50 60), our Baptism Team, are happy to explain what our church offers for children and young people and also let you know the next steps in the process of preparing for the baptism. This will include attending a regular Sunday service and also a preparation meeting.
You can find more information about Baptism on the Church of England website.
Some common questions are answered here.
Confirmation – taking the first steps of faith
Confirmation is the preparation for a life-long journey of faith in Jesus Christ.
Living in the world as a Christian requires an apprenticeship. Christians celebrate personal growth and the growth of a healthy church community. They want new members to be equipped and empowered to take their place in the church with responsibility and confidence. Confirmation is a process in which the whole church family takes part.
As a candidate for Confirmation you need to be ‘ready with your own mouth and from your own heart to affirm your faith in Jesus Christ’. This is a whole church community affair with the whole family being invited to share in the candidate’s decision, by promising to welcome ‘and uphold them in their life in Christ’.
If you would like further information or to book a Baptism or Confirmation, please do speak to a member of our Baptism team: Shirley Raynes – 01206 305190 or Jennifer Gallant – 01206 305060 or call the church office on 01206 30 23 78