Congratulations on the birth of your child. We hope that the following will inform you about baptism and help you prepare for this sacrament.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28: 19-20
As Christ’s Church on earth, we continue to baptize into his fellowship those who come in faith.
Sacrament of the Church – an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual
of the body of Christ and the first step in the journey of faith.
· A turning away from the darkness of evil and sin and a commitment to walk in the light and obedience of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.
· A public
acknowledgement of God’s power to save and heal.
· A thing that everyone does.
your child’s baptism we would hope that you attend church services on a regular
basis, and that you, and those you have chosen to be Godparents, have attended
a baptism service at St. John’s.
you feel that baptism may not be the right thing for your child at this time, a
service of thanksgiving might be more appropriate. This is a way of saying
thank you to God and having your child blessed without the Christian commitment
involved in baptism. This does not mean that your child cannot be baptized at a
Please note that unless there are exceptional circumstances, baptisms always take place within the 10.00am Sunday Eucharist and need to be arranged approximately 3 months in advance. During certain times of the year this may be longer.
is no charge for the baptism service, it is a gift to your child.
realise that it isn’t always easy to come to church with young children. We are
used to having young children with us and prefer sounds of play and laughter to
those of frustration and boredom!
Children 3+ meet in church and then go to their
groups on most Sundays (if they want to), please ask the welcomers at the door
Baby changing facilities are available in the
Tamberlin room, please ask for directions.
For further information please contact
our Baptism Co-ordinator Julie Murphy on 07977
We look forward to welcoming you and your child into our Christian family.