Baptism, sometimes called Christening, is a specifically Christian "rite of initiation". In other words, through our baptism we receive God's blessing and are welcomed into the world-wide family of God's Church, onto a life-long journey of faith, commitment and loving relationship; and that is what we celebrate during the service.
Baptism is the first step of faith – a response to God's love, marking the beginning of a journey with God that continues for the rest of our lives.
Baptism is a sign, first of all, of God's love and commitment to his people. The Bible teaches that, despite our rejection of God, God still loves us. He sent his son Jesus into the world to be our Saviour, and longs to bring his life and healing to every single person.
Baptism is also a sign of our commitment to God. In the service we declare that we turn to Christ - an indication that we are willing to centre our lives on Jesus, following his teaching and example.
Bringing a child for baptism therefore represents a definite commitment to Christ and to the local church. We believe that these promises should not be made lightly, and although we want to encourage people to be baptised, we want to make sure that parents and Godparents understand how important these are.
During a christening your child will be baptised with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.
If you choose to have your child baptised at St Mary’s, we’ll spend more time explaining this during the preparation session.