Baptisms and Blessings

If you wish your child baptised or blessed in our church, you should make early contact with the Minister directly or via the church office.  It is possible now to have a child baptised whether or not the parents are members of a church providing there is a clear undertaking, on the part of the parents or guardians, to bring the child up in the Christian Faith.

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The time of the baptism is arranged with the Minister.  At present baptisms are usually held on the first Sunday in the month during the 9.45am 'Worship Now' morning service.  The Minister meets the parents on a day, or an evening, in the week prior to the baptism taking place.  At this meeting it is usual for the parents to bring their child's birth certificate on which the date of the baptism, the officiating minister, the church and declaration that the child has been baptised, is recorded.

The Service of Baptism usually consists of the Preaching of the Word followed by the Sacrament of Baptism.  At the  time of baptism, the parents will promise to bring their child up in the Christian Faith and the child is baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The entire family are then welcomed into the family of the Church.  Extended family members and friends are very welcome to attend the service.

Photo of baptismMinister showing baby to cognregation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Blessing Ceremony also takes place during the 9.45am 'Worship Now' service.  It follows a similar pattern to the Baptism Ceremony, except the wording is different, the promises are different and no water is used.  This ceremony requires no commitmnet or expression of religious belief on the part of the parents.  More information about Blessings can be had from the Minister.

The Cake! After the service, everyone is welcome to go through to the Buckstone Hall for tea and coffee and christening cake.

In 2012, 11 Baptisms and Blessings were conducted, 13 in 2013, 15 in 2014, 4 in 2015 and 13 in 2016.

'All are welcome in this place'