Also known as Christening, Baptism is a ceremony of initiation into the Christian life, in which a child or an adult may take on the faith of the church and become a member of the Church Family. Everyone is welcome to have their children christened in their Parish Church. During the Christening service your baby will be baptized. There are around 10,000 babies and children baptized in the Church of England every month. Your child is precious to you, precious to us, and precious to God. At Baptism you make a decision to start your child on a journey of faith. The church and the godparents support the family and the child in this decision. Conducted by the priest, this is achieved through a symbolic act with water, which shares in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
If you have been blessed by God with the gift of a child, you may wish to accompany them in the first steps of the journey that is the Christian faith by bringing them to baptism - there is no charge for this ceremony. You may be an adult wishing to take this first step in faith, and you would be very welcome as well. Either way, you will require at least two (max. 4) Godparents of either sex and who will be prepared to make certain Christian promises to support the spiritual life of the newly baptised. To read the full Baptism Service please click on this link http://www.churchofengland.org/media/1190836/holy%20baptism.pdf If you or your friends don't wish to do this, an alternative to child baptism is to opt for a service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child.
This beautiful and moving Service can take place at St. Andrew's either within the body of a Sunday morning 10 o'clock Service - where the newly baptised can be welcomed by the Church Family and some of your guests - or, in a dedicated Baptism Service, to which you are welcome to invite as many friends or family as you wish.
If you would like to find out more about getting your child baptized or getting baptized yourself, do please contact Revd Tim for more information.
Black Baptism by Charles Carol Coleman