Baptism, or Christening as it is sometimes called, is the way in which we join the Christian Church, and celebrate what God promises for each individual. As such it is a very significant event in the life of anyone, whether a baby, a child or an adult
At the Baptism Service promises and declarations are made by those being baptised, or by their Parents and Godparents on their behalf.
We welcome anyone living in the Parish, or on the electoral roll, who presents themselves or their children for Baptism.
For young people and adults the normal practice is to attend a series of confirmation classes prior to Baptism. These courses are usually run on an annual basis.
Where babies or children are presented for Baptism, the parents will be visited and will normally be asked to attend a Baptism preparation meeting. Godparents must be baptised persons, and preferably of communicant standing as well.
The Baptism forms a significant part of the main Sunday worship at 10.00am. At this service the congregation on behalf of the Parish and the whole church promises to welcome and nurture those being baptised. St John’s takes this promise seriously, and is keen to ensure that support in spiritual matters is always available.
And best of all, the Church claims for those who are baptised that:
“God has touched you with his love and given a place among his people. God promises to be with you in joy and sorrow, to be your guide in life, and to bring you safely to heaven.”
There are no fees payable for Baptism.
More information can be found on the Church of England web site
St John’s Cornerstone Centre is available for bookings for Christening Parties.