Baptism is also known as christening. Everyone who lives in the parish or who has a strong connection with us is welcome to have their child baptised in St Bartholomew’s or St Christopher’s.
In bringing their child for baptism parents make a decision to start their child on a lifelong journey of faith. Parents and godparents thank God for the gift of new life and promise to help and support the child in their growth in faith. The church also promises to welcome the newly baptised and to pray for them. The baptism service does require parents and godparents to make promises and declare their faith, and sometimes parents who have not been baptised choose to be baptised alongside their children. But if you have reservations about the commitment involved, you might like to consider a Service of Thanksgiving for God’s gift of your child.
We also welcome adults who want to be baptised. All baptisms and Thanksgivings take place during our Sunday morning services, usually on the first Sunday of the month at St Christopher’s and the third Sunday at St Bartholomew’s. We try to make sure we find a date that suits you and your family.
If you would like to consider baptism, for yourself or for your child, come to one of our services and speak to one of the clergy. We will then meet with you to discuss the practicalities and to help you to prepare for this special celebration. Contact the parish office for further details.