Baptism: A very important step

Perhaps you have recently had a baby and you are thinking of having them Baptised. The birth of a baby is a good reason to think about the mystery of life and about what you want for your children.

Maybe your children are a little older and are beginning to ask questions about God and Jesus, or perhaps you are thinking of being Baptised yourself. Whatever your reason for thinking about Baptism you are very welcome at St Peter and St Paul’s.

Understanding what baptism is

During the Baptism Service, Parents and Godparents make promises before God on behalf of the child, to bring them up within the Christian faith. There will be the chance to think about these promises when you meet with the Vicar and to ask any questions you might have. It is important to realise that baptism is a decision about joining the Christian community. When people are baptised they are declaring that they want to live as a Christian and to grow in their faith as a member of the Church.

To be a Christian means putting faith into action to create a better world. Not only should we love others as individuals, but we should work together to change society so that it is a better place in which to live. Christians have a desire to change the world and make it more like the one they believe God intended.

If you are not sure that you are ready to take this step or to make the promises, but still want to thank God for the safe arrival of your child, you might want to consider a Service of Dedication and Thanksgiving, leaving the Baptism until later. Again this is something which can be discussed during your meeting with the Vicar.

What to do next

At St Peter and St Paul’s, Baptisms take place either during our main 10.30am Sunday service or at 12 noon not during Lent and Advent.

If you live in the parish and would like your child to be Baptised (or to be Baptised yourself), we ask that you please contact the Vicar in order to discuss this further during your meeting with the Vicar.

What about Godparents

When you ask someone to become a Godparent, you are asking them to have a Christian input into the life of your child. Therefore Godparents need to be baptised themselves and to show a willingness to take on this responsibility for their Godchild. This might involve reading Bible stories to them, praying for them and with them. It can also mean being a sounding board for them when they reach their teenage years and want to talk to an adult who isn’t Mum or Dad!