Christening

Baptism is the way we join the Christian family and recognise that God is involved in our lives.

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Christening

Baptism at St Michael and All Angels church can be held on any day of the week. Generally it is on a Saturday or Sunday either within a church service or at another time suitable for your circumstance. We are delighted to baptise infants, children or adults – it does not matter about your age when you are baptised, but if you are too young to know what is going on, then parents and Godparents make certain promises on your behalf.

Baptism for your child

Parents will need to meet with the Vicar for Baptism preparation prior to the service when you can find out about the details of the service and make arrangements that are special to your needs including arranging the date.  The Godparents can be at this meeting or if this is not practical please ask them to download the service and contact our Vicar should they have any questions.

We encourage the whole family become involved on the day, for example siblings can participate by bringing up the candle, jug with water and the Baptism shell.

We also offer a Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child should you prefer to have this soon after birth and before you have decided about a baptism service.

Application Form for Adult or children (click to download and print). 

Service Sheet – Baptism (click to download)

PLEASE NOTE: When filling out the Baptism Application Form, the chosen date will not be confirmed until you have met with the Vicar.

Adult Baptism

Please be in contact with our Vicar who will arrange a meeting to discuss this.  

 

A reading for baptism 

God is the creator of all things, and by the birth of children he gives to parents a share in the work and joy of creation. But we who are born of earthly parents need to be born again.

For in the Gospel Jesus tells us that unless a man has been born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. And so God gives us the way to a second birth, a new creation and life in union with him.

Baptism is the sign and seal of this new birth. In St Matthew’s Gospel we read of the risen Christ commanding his followers to make disciples of all nations and to baptize men everywhere; and in the Acts of the Apostles we read of St Peter preaching in these words: ‘Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and your children and to all that are afar off, everyone whom the Lord calls to him.’

In obedience to this same command we ourselves were baptized and now bring this child to baptism.