Baptism

Baptism of babies, young children or adults.  If you would like to consider having your child or an adult baptised you will need to consider a number of things. Baptism involves:

you and the godparents or sponsors

· thanking God for his gift of life

· deciding to start your child/yourself on the journey of faith and asking for the

  support of the Church

· joining the Church in expressing your belief in God and praying for your child.

your child or yourself

· beginning a journey of faith

· becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family

· sharing in the death and resurrection of Jesus in a symbolic way.

the Church

· promising to welcome, support and pray for you and/or your child

· being reminded of the importance of this baptism for every Christian

· providing a worshipping community where everyone can grow in faith.

Baptism as a Sacrament. Christians speak of baptism as a sacrament – a visible sign of God’s love. We believe that God loves people of every race, creed or colour. At baptism we are thanking God for the gift of life and acknowledging his love. We are turning away from evil, sin and darkness and turning towards Christ. At the service you will be making some serious decisions on behalf of your child or yourself and the preparation evening will explain this to you in more detail.

When do baptisms take place? At Westoning Parish church baptisms normally take place on Sundays at 12.45pm, or during the main service.

What next? If you are interested in finding more information about baptism, please contact the vicar. Some details can then be taken from you and a provisional date and time discussed with you. There is no charge for a baptism but you may consider making a gift on the occasion of the baptism. If you pay tax at the basic rate your gift can be gift-aided.

GODPARENTS: All Godparents must have been baptised.