To parents considering baptism for their child
We welcome all enquiries about baptism from those who have a link with our parishes, and look forward to getting to know you and your child. Baptism is the first step on the Christian journey and we are delighted that you are considering this step for your child.
The Church of England offers infant and child baptism to the children of Christian parents. During the baptism service, parents and godparents are asked to make serious statements about their own faith and to promise that they will bring the child up in the Christian faith and as a worshipping member of the church. At the same time, church members are asked to promise to support the child in his/her Christian life.
If you are unsure of your own faith, or do not wish to promise to become regular worshippers, you may choose to have a Service of Thanksgiving instead of baptism. This service is a celebration of the child’s new life, but it does not require anyone to make any promises, which they might find difficult to keep.
Our Commitment to you
We welcome you and your child into the family of the church. We hope you will decide to become full members of our community of faith. If you make this decision, we will commit to supporting you on the journey, which we believe is the most exciting journey anyone can make. If you decide to choose a Service of Thanksgiving, or to take longer to consider, we shall also be pleased to support your choice. You will always be welcome at our regular services of worship.