Baptisms at Saint Matthew's
What is baptism?
Baptism is a response to God's love - a desire and a commitment to respond to God's call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God's people.
The baptism service for a child
Everyone is welcome to have their children christened at St. Matthew's. During the christening service your child will be baptized and with the support of the church, you and godparents, your child begins an amazing journey of faith.
All you need to know about planning and going to a Church of England christening can be found by following this link: The service - a step by step guide - Christenings
The baptism service for an adult
The baptism service is similar to the service for a child's baptism, except that because you make the decision and the promises yourself, there is no role required for parents or godparents (who make decisions and promises on behalf of a child).
You may decide to have supporting friends or 'sponsors' - this can be anyone who wishes to encourage you in your Christian faith. It may be a friend, or someone in your family and you may have more than one person if you wish.
You can read the Service of Holy Baptism in full just here. You are referred to as a 'candidate' throughout the service and all the parts which refer to a child, parents and godparents aren't included when an adult is being baptized. The vicar will make these adjustments.
At the point you are baptized, you may be either fully immersed in water, or, you may simply have water poured or wiped on your head. The vicar doing your baptism will tell you what usually happens in your church.
Your vicar will probably suggest that you prepare for your baptism by reading a relevant book or by attending meetings or events in the church that will help you think about this new beginning. Most churches will offer a short course to prepare for confirmation and if both are happening in the same service, your vicar will invite you to attend these sessions.
For further information
If you are considering being baptised, or you would like your child baptised, you are very welcome to have an informal chat with either Kate or Jeannette who would be delighted to help.