Baptism (sometimes called christening) is the way in which we welcome children and adults into the Christian faith, as a member of the world-wide Church and part of God’s family. They usually take place on the first Sunday of the month, either as a separate service, usually at 12 noon, or in our 10am morning service.
Before your child is baptised, we ask that you come along to our morning service, so that you can get to know us and so that you will feel a bit more relaxed when it comes to the baptism. (We’ve also got some more information about what to expect when you do come). Once you’ve come along and introduced yourself at the end to whoever is leading the service, they will give you a booking form to fill in and bring back at another morning service. There will then be a rehearsal for you and as many of the godparents as are able to attend.
The choice of godparents is an important part of baptism. Godparents must have been baptised themselves (as they have to make promises about how they will and people you feel will support your child in their journey of life and faith. People normally choose three or four godparents.
We don’t charge for baptisms! This is part of our understanding of the importance of baptism as welcoming people into God’s family. There is is an opportunity to make a donation either during or at the end of the service.
If you have not been baptised as a child, then you are more than welcome to be baptised at any age! We do encourage you to get involved in Emmanuel, so come along and have a chat with one of the ministers.
What baptism means
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. It is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring our Christian faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the newly baptised, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church.
Baptism is the first step in the Christian journey and we are here to support you (and your child) on the further steps of that journey. We welcome you to join us in our services and groups as part of that journey of faith.
The Church of England’s website also has more information on baptisms (the link opens in a new window).