Baptism is the gift of our Lord Jesus Christ. When he had risen from the dead, he commanded his followers to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We follow this command when we baptise people in the church.
In the Anglican Church both children and adults can be baptised. Adults make the promises themselves but children’s promises are made by the parents and godparents.
Children are baptised in response to God’s all-embracing love. Parents and godparents who have responded to that love bring their children for baptism. In the service of baptism the parents and godparents express their own trust and commitment to the promises of God, and their intention to bring up children in the faith and practice of the church. In due time these children should make their own response to God, and be prepared for confirmation.
We warmly welcome children and adults who come for baptism. Services of baptism are held at St Paul’s on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. One of the clergy will meet with you to explain the meaning of baptism and what is being promised. There will also be a chance to go through the service so that you are familiar with it before the day of the baptism. In choosing godparents for their child parents should bear in mind that in view of the promises that godparents will make during the service, the godparents themselves should have been baptised.
If you would like to begin the process of having your child baptised or being baptised yourself please contact us. One of the clergy will then contact you to discuss the baptism.
God has called you into his Church
We therefore receive and welcome you
As a member with us of the body of Christ,
as a child of the one heavenly Father,
and as an inheritor of the kingdom of God.