Baptism

We offer you our congratulations if you have recently had a baby, or if you have simply decided it is the right time to have your child baptised.

If you are a teenager or adult who has become a Christian and would like to be baptised, then we offer you our support and encouragement.

If you are thinking about baptism for your child or yourself, our guide to 'Introduction to Baptism' below will be helpful.

Introduction to Baptism

Every church offers Baptism in a slightly different way, which can be confusing. This introduction will help you to understand our practice.  Please feel free to discuss your ideas with our Minister

  • Our church believes that Baptism marks an important step in Christian commitment.

  •  It is right that those to be baptised (or their parents in the case of a baby or child), should have an understanding of the meaning of Baptism.

  • It is our responsibility as a church to encourage seekers of Baptism to carefully consider and understand the implications of the step they are taking. We do this by providing informal teaching, support and encouragement concerning the Christian faith.

We accept that as the church family in Eldwick we have an important part to play by:

  • welcoming and encouraging those who are enquiring about Baptism

  • holding them and their family in prayer

  • providing ongoing encouragement and support to those who have been baptised, in order that they may continue to grow in their Christian faith and commitment to the Church.

Preparation is important. Baptism begins with being willing to take time to talk through what happens in Baptism and its significance.

The minister will take time to

  • Discuss the meaning of Baptism with you, with particular emphasis on personal faith in Jesus

  • Explain the role of the Church in nurturing your faith

  • Encourage you to become part of the regular worshipping Church so that baptism is not a one-off event, but a mark of an ongoing journey of faith.

Godparents or Sponsors

  • It is the normal practice to have three godparents, two of the same gender as the person to be baptised and one of the opposite gender.

  • Godparents should be people who believe in the Christian faith, have themselves been baptised and who will encourage their godchild in the faith.

  • Becoming a godparent is a serious matter, those who undertake this role should sincerely mean the answers they will give to the questions asked them in the Service.

  • We ask that prospective godparents have read a copy of the Baptism Service before they agree to take on this role.

  • Being a godparent implies no legal responsibilities if anything happens to a child's parents.

  • Some people may feel that they cannot in all good conscience say the vows but still want to support the child. In this case they are known as Sponsors.

  • When an adult is baptised Sponsors take the place of godparents.  

What Baptism means publicly

At baptism the church declares publicly that it welcomes the parents and child into the congregation.  The bible tells us how much Jesus valued children, and during the service we ask God to bless the child richly.

The parents and godparents of a baptised child are publicly announcing that they will help the child to grow up to believe and accept Jesus as their Lord.

When an adult is baptised, they are publicly stating that they accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and want to live their life as a Christian. This service is often followed by Confirmation.

 When do Baptisms take place?

At present Baptisms may take place either in the main Sunday service at 10.30am or following it at 12.30pm.

Costs

There is no fee for this service. 

A service of Thanksgiving and Blessing 

Whilst many people feel that they want to give thanks for their child in church, seeking God’s blessings for their child and marking the occasion with a family celebration, for some baptism can feel like a big commitment which they are not yet ready to make. In this case, parents may like to consider a special Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing. This too is a joyful service but without the water or the promises of baptism. A Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing may be held either during the main Sunday Service at 10.30am or following it at 12.30pm.  There is no fee for this service.

For more details, phone 01274 457042. 


Page last updated: 2nd May 2018 1:09 PM