Baptism is a Sacrament of the Church, which is a sign of God’s grace and mercy to us his children, and was instituted by our Lord Jesus himself. It identifies us as followers of Jesus Christ and with him co-heirs to God’s Kingdom of justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit It also marks the beginning of that journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises, declaring the faith with support and prayer for the future.
Baptism of children also provides an opportunity for the rest of us to also remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is shared with the candidate.
The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens in the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. The water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home by the way the baptism is administered. This reminds us of Jesus’ baptism. As a sign of that new life.
You can find out more about Baptism at the Church of England’s website
Baptisms are usually administered after the Sunday Mass at 12:30, although if you are a member of, or connected to St Christopher’s congregation you may request the Baptism to take place during the Sunday Mass.
If you are desirous of Baptism and you are (as the Book of Common Prayer puts it) of “Riper Years” i.e. an adult, you will need to :
First of all, make contact with Fr.Martin
Adult candidates are expected to have a basic grasp of the Christian faith, and that desire to be a follower of Christ and a member of His Church. To this end, there are Baptism and Confirmation preparation courses held from time to time.
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