What is baptism?

Baptism is a sign of new birth.  Like physical birth, baptism marks the beginning of spiritual life.  Baptism is not a guarantee of health, wealth, and happiness, but is the start of a journey with God and his people, the Church.

What’s the difference between baptism and christening?

Baptism is the word used in the Bible and refers to all those who are being baptised including adults and children.  Christening is a traditional word that tends to be used only for the baptism of children.

What is the right age for baptism?

You can be baptised at any age.  We often baptise a parent or godparent during the baptism service.  What’s important is that those taking part feel it’s the right time for them or the child/ren.

What happens in the service?

There may be other families at the same service.  Part way through, candidates, parents, and godparents stand together to say that they believe in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that they want to follow the teaching of Jesus both for themselves and for their child/ren.  We try to keep the service as relaxed as possible, while remembering that we are making important promises to God.

One of us isn’t baptised.  Does that matter?

Parents who bring children to baptism make the same promises as the godparents, and should be baptised.  If one of you isn’t baptised, we can baptise you before your child, at the same service.

Once my child is baptised, is my Christian duty complete?

At baptism, parents and godparents commit themselves to help the child grow up as a Christian believing and trusting in God.  Parents in particular need to encourage their child to regularly worship, read the Bible, and pray.  This is crucial if the child is to continue in the Christian faith as they grow older.

What happens afterwards?

Remember that baptism is just the start of a person’s Christian journey through life!  The promises you make include bringing your child up in the family of the Church or being involved in the family of the Church as an adult.  We hope that you will join us as part of the worshipping community.

If you would like further information, then please contact Revd David on 0114 245 6233 or email david@shiregreenchurch.co.uk