Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the
rest of our lives. It's the first step in response to God’s love and involves
turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a
member of the local and worldwide Christian family.
It is an amazing event in which normal everyday things like water are
symbols of joining the Body of Christ, the Church, and entering into eternal
In the waters of baptism we are united to Christ’s dying and rising again;
we are born again by water and the Spirit.
In baptism we are also given a lighted candle, a sign that we are called to be lights in the world, speaking out for God in the world.
Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of their lives.
The service is the beginning of a relationship between your child and the local church community, and we ask that you consider, in the first instance, a baptism service at your local church. There may be connections with other churches, and we can arrange for a baptism at one of these if that would be better. Part of the service is the welcoming of new children into the church community, and so many churches will host the service during their main act of Sunday worship. Others may well set a particular time aside for your child’s baptism.
The first thing that you need to do is look at the “Our churches” page and contact your local church.
They will talk with you, and together you can work on a service which will be special for you and your child, and perhaps for the local church community.
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