What is baptism?
Just as every child begins learning his or her ‘ABC’, so there is, if you like, an ‘ABC’ for baptism…
- Accepting – that God has a purpose for you and your child
- Believing – that God loves you and your child and wants the best for you
- Committing – your life, and the life of your child, to Jesus Christ
Baptism of a child is as much a sign of his or her parents’ own faith as anything else. That is why the very first question you are asked in the Baptism service requires that you are willing to give the child help and encouragement by your prayers, your example, and by your teaching.
During the Baptism service you will be asked some other questions about your relationship with God…
- Do you turn to Christ?
- Do you repent of your sins?
- Do you renounce evil?
And about your faith in him…
- Do you believe and trust in God the Father, who made the world?
- Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ, who redeemed mankind?
- Do you believe and trust in his Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God?
So here’s another ‘ABC’ for baptism…..
- Accepting – Jesus as God’s Son who died and rose again for us all
- Believing – in God as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- Committing – yourself to living out this faith for yourself and for your child
What about church?
‘Church’ is a building and an organisation, but most of all it is a body of people – a ‘family’
– and baptism is into that family.
So, here’s a third ‘ABC’ for baptism…
- Accepting – that you are becoming members of the church ‘family’
- Believing – that you have an active part to play in this ‘family’
- Committing – yourself to pray and worship regularly with this ‘family’
What about me?
It could well be that you thought baptism was little more than a ceremony with a baby and water in church. Now that you have read this far, I hope you have discovered that there is much more to it than that!
God has given us baptism as a sign that we, along with our children,…
- Want to grow in faith…
- Want to belong to him and his church…
- Want God to change our lives…
Do I need to come to church every week to have my child baptised?
The short answer is – No. You do not need to go to church every week to have your child baptised. However, baptism is about becoming part of the church family, so it is a good idea to get to know the church family and explore faith with other people.
The best way to do that is to talk to us here as Newbold Parish Church, and to come along a few times to see what we do. If you like traditional church then you might want to come to our 9.30am service which happens every week. If church seems a bit scary, or weird, to you, then you might want to come to our 11am service on the 2nd Sunday of the month (2nd & 4th Sundays from September 2017). This service explores faith in a more informal way, including multimedia, fun songs, and crafts.
Do I need to be married to have my child baptised?
Again, the short answer is – No. You do not need to be married to have your child baptised. However, the church believes that marriage is a good thing. So, if you would like to talk to the Rector about what is involved in organising a wedding at Newbold Parish Church, he would be happy to help.
When do baptism take place?
Baptisms take place twice a month (1st and 3rd Sundays) at 11.30am. However, if you enjoy our 11am service, we also have baptisms as part of that service from time to time.
When will the baptism happen?
Baptisms are booked in once the church is happy that you can make the promises in the service, and have some understanding of what baptism is about.
What do I do now?
The best things to do is to come along to one of our services. The 11 o’clock service is the most family friendly. This takes place on the 2nd & 4th Sunday each month. There you can then get an application form. Once that is complete, you can contact our Rector, Ben, to talk through the service. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01246 450374.
The Church of England also has an excellent website all about Christenings: