We are glad that you are thinking about baptism for your baby or child and indeed we are always pleased to welcome young families into the life of our church!
A baptism service gives you the opportunity to thank God for his gift of new life in the company of your family and friends, but it is also very much about setting your child on the journey of Christian faith. During the service you make promises to bring up your child within the church so that they are helped to learn how to live as a Christian. You will have chosen godparents and they will be at the service with you to promise their help and support. Here at St Johns we promise to welcome your child and to pray for you and your family.
We will come to visit you in your home before the baptism in order to get to know you a little and for you to get to know us too. We will go through the baptism service so that you know what to expect. We can provide you with further information on the Christian faith if you would like and we run short courses to introduce you to the basics. Just let us know if you are interested.
We are pleased to offer baptisms either during our main 10.30 service or at a separate service at 12.30 as we know that this time can be more convenient for families. Since a baptism is about welcoming your child into the church, several members of our church family here at St John’s will be present in order to represent the church and to welcome you, your child and your family.
There is no charge for a baptism service but we will put a collection plate out at the back of church for any donations which people might like to give.
If you would prefer a thanksgiving service in order to formally offer thanks for the life of your baby or child in the presence of your friends and family, but without the promises of a baptism, then that too can be arranged.
In the first instance (for either a baptism or a thanksgiving) please contact the Vicar on 01928 573798