Baptism and Confirmation

Baptism of Children

We’re delighted you’re thinking of baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.

Just as you have welcomed your child into your family, and pledge your support and encouragement for all the years ahead, so in baptism the church welcomes them as a new member and pledges its support and encouragement as well. Together in this service, we form a partnership with God on their behalf.

Once you have contacted us to express an interest in baptism, the clergy will visit you with a member of the congregation. We will listen to what your hopes are, and talk about the commitment you are making on behalf of your child. We hope you will join us at a service, either on Sunday at 10am or Sunday at 5 before your child is baptised.

What You Promise in Baptism

At the Baptism service, the minister will ask the parents and god parents

Will you tell these children the stories of our faith?

Parents/godparents We promise that we will.

Will you pray with and for your children?

Parents/godparents We promise that we will.

Will you keep in touch with the church and its worship?

Parents/godparents We promise that we will.

Do you turn to Christ?

Parents/godparents I turn to Christ.

Do you repent of your sins?

Parents/godparents I repent of my sins.

Do you renounce evil?

Parents/godparents I renounce evil.

Confirmation

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptised as children make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship.

Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the bishop, the Church also asks God to give those being confirmed power, through the Holy Spirit, to live as a disciple of Jesus and a member of God’s church.

For more information, contact one of the clergy.