Baptism

The baptismal font

The baptismal font

Baptism (also known as Christening …making the child one with Christ) is a ceremony through        which a child or adult is received into membership of the Church of God. It unites a person with  Christ and his People. It is true that Christians are baptized one by one, but to be a Christian is to  be part of a new creation which rises from the dark waters of Christ’s death into the dawn of his  risen life.

If you as an adult wish to be baptized please speak to our parish priest, Fr Tim,  who will be  delighted to discuss the preparation needed and the help which is available for someone taking  such a momentous step.

Should you be seeking baptism for your child, there are some things you will want to know.
There are two possible time for the baptism service to take place at St Peter’s. Our preference for a  baptism would be in our regular 9.00am service but it is also possible to have a separate service at  11.00am.

We understand that 9.00am on a Sunday morning can be difficult for families and friends to attend a service; however, in the separate service one of the important principles of Christian baptism is not fulfilled. When a child is baptised into the Christian faith an important part of the service is for the child to be welcomed by the worshipping congregation, of the parish, into God’s family.

Whilst we are happy to meet your desire to have your child baptised at 11.00am in a separate service we would like you and your child to attend our regular 9.00am service the following Sunday so that this important principle of the baptism can be fulfilled.

Be encouraged to think about the above which can be discussed further at the time of meeting before the baptism takes place. Of course you may like to join us for worship on any Sunday before the baptism service.

You may like to call Fr Tim on 9953-1050 or send an email on the link at the bottom of this page.

If you would like to receive our Baptismal Package then please make that request – and it will be forwarded to you.

We encourage parents of child candidates to meet once with a Baptismal Companion, a trained woman from our congregation, before the day of the actual ceremony. It is their purpose to make the baptism as happy and meaningful an occasion as possible.

By tradition a boy has two godfathers and one godmother, and a girl has two godmothers and one godfather. It is essential that all godparents be already baptized themselves. Should you have difficulty in finding appropriate people, please let the priest know.

There are no fees for a baptism at St Peter’s. However a donation to St Peter’s church by way of a thank-offering is always appreciated.

You may to care to read what follows. It is drawn from Common Worship of the Church of England (2000).

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now shared with this new member of the Church.

To enquire about baptism, please fill out the online enquiry form or contact the rector.