Baptism is the sign of entry into the Christian church. People of any age can be baptised, not just babies and small children. Often it is the choice that parents make on behalf of their baby or small child.
Others may choose to have a blessing or dedication, promising to support their child and leaving the decision for baptism for the child to make when they are older. (A ‘Christening’ is also another word people use in referring to baptism of a baby or child, but baptism more accurately reflects the meaning of what is happening and reminds us of Jesus' baptism too.)
Baptism signifies a welcome into God's family to grow and learn, with the hope and expectation that he or she will become a part of the Christian community of the church.
The church is happy to baptise a child on the understanding that parents and Godparents will bring the child up with knowledge of what the Christian faith stands for, so that when older the child can make his or her own decision to follow Jesus Christ, with the help of the Holy Spirit. (This is often marked at a Confirmation Service.)
Please contact the Benefice Co-ordinator.