What is involved in baptism?

Welcome


We are pleased that you are interested in baptism for your child.
This is an important decision, and this page will help you understand what Baptism involves, explain what will happen at the service, and tell you about the ways in which we can help you to keep the commitment you will make at your child’s Baptism.

What is Baptism?


When a baby is born, he or she becomes a member of a human family.  In Baptism, the child becomes a member of God’s family, the Church.  Baptism is a sign that God gave us of Jesus’ love for your child.

Parents and godparents together commit themselves to encourage the child to grow up as a member of the church.  This means helping your child to know more about God, to bring him/her to church, and to encourage him/her to make their own commitment through Confirmation at the appropriate age.

Signs and symbols of Baptism

The sign of the cross

A reminder that through Baptism the child belongs to Christ, who died and rose again for us.  The sign of the cross is made in holy oil on the child’s forehead.

Oil

Oil is a sign of strength and healing.  The oil used is blessed by the Bishop: a reminder that the child becomes part of the whole Christian Church

Water

Water is the most important symbol.  It is a sign of cleansing and of life.  It is  a sign that we put sin behind us and share in the life of the risen Christ.

Light

The candle is a reminder that the light of Christ has entered the child’s life and shines through them.  It is lit from the Easter Candle.  Please keep the candle as a reminder of the Baptism. Some families light to light it each year on the anniversary of the Baptism.
 

 What happens at the  Baptism service?

The service begins with an introduction about the importance of baptism, and a prayer for all baptised people.  This is followed by a Bible Reading and a short talk given by the Priest. Then the children to be baptised are presented and the congregation.  Everyone present is asked to express their support for the children to be baptised, and parents and godparents are asked to confirm that they will support them and pray for them.

The Decision

Parents and godparents are then asked to reply to these questions on behalf of the child:

               Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
Reply     I reject them.

               Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
Reply     I renounce them.

               Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
Reply     I repent of them.
              
               Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
Reply     I turn to Christ.

               Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
Reply     I submit to Christ.

               Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
Reply     I come to Christ.

After this the sign of the cross is made on each child’s forehead, using the holy oil.

The Blessing of Water and Affirmation of Faith

The water for the baptism is blessed - the prayer thanks God for the gift of water which sustains, refreshes and cleanses all life. The parents and godparents then join with the congregation in affirming the faith of the church into which the child is to be baptised with the following words:
              
               Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?
All          I believe and trust in him.

               Do you believe and trust in God the Son,who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?
All          I believe and trust in him.

               Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?
All          I believe and trust in him.
              
               This is the faith of the Church.
All          This is our faith.
               We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The Baptism

The priest  will then invite one family at a time to gather round the font.  The child will be held by the priest, and will be baptised by name “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” as water is poured three times on the child’s head.

The Prayers

The service continues with prayers, thanking God for the gift of new life, and praying for the newly baptised children, their families and godparents.  Then we all say the Lord’s Prayer together.

The Sending out

The service concludes by the blessing, and the giving of a lighted candle as a sign that the child has received the light of Christ.

After the Baptism

Through Baptism, your child becomes a member of the Church.

The local church here in Hutton welcomes children and families at all our services and activities, and wants to help you in every way possible to fulfill the promises made at your child’s baptism, and to help him/her to grow up to know and love God.

We begin this process by welcoming your child into the church at a Family Communnion Service at St. Peter’s Church (usually on the second Sunday of the month after the baptism)  when we will pray for the newly-baptised children and present them with certificates.  

Your Baptism Visitor or the clergy are happy to give you more information about any of the Church’s activities for children and families. You will find more about these on our ‘Families Welcome’ page.

We hope you will enjoy your child’s Baptism.  Please feel free to speak to your visitor or the clergy about any aspect of Church life.  You can contact us via the Parish Office.

A prayer for your child

Lord Jesus Christ,
you loved children so much that you said,
‘whoever welcomes a child welcomes me’.
Hear our prayer and watch over our child.
Grant him/her your gifts of love, joy and faith,
that he/she may grow to know you and love you and be aware of your presence as you walk alongside him/her all the days of his/her life.
Amen.
 

 


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