Thinking about Baptism
‘I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.’ John 10:10
What is Baptism?
As a sign that we have turned from sin and turned to follow Jesus, God gives us the ‘sign and seal’ of baptism.
In baptism, we are washed with water – a sign of being ‘washed clean’ from our sins. We are also baptised into ‘the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit’, which shows that we are God’s and want to go his way from now on. Baptism is also a seal from God, that he will keep his promise to us of eternal life with him, if we continue to trust in him.
Your child is precious to you and precious to God. Children who are too young to profess belief in Jesus are baptised on the understanding that they are brought up as Christians within the family of the church. At a Baptism your child will be blessed and prayed for, your friends and family, and your chosen Godparents will promise to love them and care for them as they grow. This is also a chance to say thank you to God for bringing your child into your life. As they grow up, they need the help and encouragement of their family, their godparents, and the church, so that they learn to be faithful in public worship and private prayer, to live by trust in God, and by his grace come to confirm their faith in Jesus Christ when they are old enough.
What to do before the service:
Please read 'Thinking about baptism' in the further information below, which explains our baptism policy here at St Mary's. After that, if you would like to proceed, please contact us and Rev Mark will contact you to get to know you and discuss the next steps. You will also be invited to come along to church if you don't already join us. We have lots going on for children, including Little Faith (for pre-school children) and Children's Church (for primary school-aged children).
Please note that there is a £16 fee for the certificate and registration of Baptism. If you are interested in having your child or yourself baptised, please chat to Mark (our minister) as the next step. Or contact our Church Office on 0161 336 4529 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some helpful Church of England resource pages for further information on Baptism/Christenings.
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is your opportunity to:
- Publicly confirm to your friends, family and our church family that you have committed your life to Jesus Christ and want to follow him.
- Be strengthened in your faith through the preparation and prayers for you, that you will be given grace to be faithful to Jesus forever.
- Be welcomed by the Bishop into full membership of the worldwide Anglican church.
For More Information
If you are unsure but would be interested in finding out more about baptism and/ or confirmation, here are two booklets which are here to help you think through whether it is the right thing for you to do now.