Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God, which continues for the rest of our lives. For all involved, it is a joyful moment when we celebrate the love God has shown us in Christ. Baptism is also a public profession of faith, during which significant promises are made. The local church, family and friends are present, promising to support and pray for the person being baptised into the future.
At St Mary’s baptism takes place during the normal Sunday service of Holy Communion to affirm the fact that the person being baptised is welcomed into the life of the Church. The main symbol used is water which is a sign of new life, cleansing and spiritual renewal. The water also reminds us of Jesus’ baptism. A lighted candle is given as a symbol of the light of Christ coming into the world and into our lives to drive away darkness. Every baptized person is called to live a life that reveals the light and love of Christ to others. Holy oil is also used to make the sign of the cross, marking the person as ‘Christ’s own for ever’.
Families not yet ready to make the commitment of Baptism might also consider ‘A Service of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child‘ which offers prayers of dedication and blessing without promises of Christian commitment.
What is Involved?
Baptism is an important commitment. At St Mary’s we require families and sponsors (godparents) to prepare for Baptism by meeting for a conversation with the priest and/or another member of the parish. There is also an expectation that families will attend at least two Sunday services prior to the date of the Baptism. There may be an informal rehearsal on the Saturday before the Baptism if required.
What do I do Next?
Download and complete the application form below and either post or email it to us (see contact details on home page) We will contact you for a meeting when this form is received. Thank you for considering Baptism at St Mary’s. We look forward to meeting you soon!