What is Baptism?
In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church’s support.
In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Church of England it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening.
Baptism is a ‘sacrament’ (holy ritual to symbolise grace) in the Christian tradition that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the river Jordan.
For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.
If you would like to book a Baptism in St James's Church, please come along to the Sunday 9.30am Sung Eucharist in St. James’s any Sunday and someone will be available afterwards to deal with your request.
The list of available baptism dates from February - November 2017 can be viewed here.
The list of available baptism dates from February - November 2018 can be viewed here
What is involved?
If you wish to book a baptism then you need to make sure that you are free to attend the Baptism Preparation (along with your god-parents, unless they live too far away!). Also, we give the newly baptised a very special “welcome” at the Family Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month after your baptism (you will receive an invitation for this). At this service we present you with the Baptism Certificate and your child is presented to the congregation who promise to pray for him/her – and of course to make a fuss of her/him.
If for whatever reason you find some of the dates offered are difficult, we are always happy to include a baptism in the Family Eucharist on the First Sunday of the month at 9.30am.
Click here to see the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions concerning Baptisms: Baptism – FAQs
For the very young there is a weekly gathering, starting in St. James’s Church at 2.15pm and continuing in the Hall where children can play happily while parents and carers enjoy tea and biscuits and a good chat! This usually finished around 3.45pm. For more details please contact Catherine Brant – 01923 330999
A Baptism Prayer
Heavenly Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit you give your faithful people new life in the water of baptism. Guide and strengthen us by the same Spirit, that we who are born again may serve you in faith and love, and grow into the full stature of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit now and for ever.