At St Andrew’s, baptisms take place at 10.00 am during the normal Sunday Family Communion service when everyone can welcome the newly baptised person. Please be in touch with one of the clergy through the website contact page; or come on a Sunday; or give one of the clergy a ring.
To be a Christian is to be baptised. Being baptised (or Christened) is what identifies someone as a Christian. Christians are baptised with water because Jesus was baptised with water in the Jordan River.
Water is essential for all life; water is used for cleaning ourselves; water is used to refresh us. Spiritually, baptism is all those things: it is essential for our new life as a follower of Jesus Christ; it is the way in which we acknowledge our sins (our self centred actions) and receive forgiveness and a new clean start; and it is the way in which we are refreshed by being in the company of Jesus and his people, the church.
Baptism is for everyone who wishes to turn to Jesus and to follow his way. It is for adults and young people in their own right; and it is for babies and young children through the promises of their parents and Godparents until they are old enough to confirm their baptism for themselves.
What does baptism involve?
- Having the sign of the cross marked in blessed oil on your forehead.
– to be anointed with oil is an ancient tradition and is used at the coronation of British Kings and Queens. It is a sign of royalty and of being marked out as special by God
- Having water poured three times on the head.
– ‘in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit’
- Being given a lighted candle.
– a sign of the light of love which pushes away the darkness of evil. Jesus said of himself: ‘I am the light of the world’
And most important of all, making promises to become a follower of Jesus Christ and to be part of his community, the Church.
There are no charges of any kind for baptism
Godparents must have been baptised themselves, whether in the Church of England, Roman Catholic or other Christian churches.
It’s just great that when parents who have not previously been baptised, decide to be baptised with their child.
Baptism preparation involves about three preparation meetings at home and in the church.