Baptism and Christening
Every year people of all ages are baptised at St Peter's. This page answers some frequently asked questions about Baptism and also provides links to information about how St Peter's welcomes children.
If you are considering Confirmation for yourself or your child please go to the page on Confirmation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there any difference between Baptism and Christening? -
No, the words mean exactly the same thing.
What does Baptism involve? -
God loves all his people and at baptism we acknowledge that fact by turning directly towards his love. In the service, three things happen. First, the new Christian receives the sign of the cross to show that he or she is now a member of the church. Second, he or she is splashed with water to show how God is willing to wash away everything that may go wrong in our lives if we turn back to him and commit ourselves to a fresh start. Third, he or she is given a lighted candle as commissioning to carry the example of Jesus out into the world. We believe that in Baptism new Christians receive God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen them in their future lives.
When do Baptisms take place at St Peter's? -
Baptisms either take place during the 10am Parish Communion or at a service at 12 noon on the fourth Sunday of each month.
What is my responsibility as a parent or godparent? -
At St Peter's we baptise children on the understanding that parents and godparents will try to follow the promises that they make in the baptism service, in particular that they will give their children a Christian upbringing within the family of the Church. Our prayer is always that when they are older children will make their own commitment to Christ and be confirmed as full members of the Church able to receive Holy Communion.
What if I as a parent feel uncomfortable making these promises? -
A member of the Ministry Team will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have. If you feel you are not ready to make these promises with integrity, you may wish to consider a Service of Thanksgiving, in which you can thank God for the gift of your child without making formal promises. Such a service does not stop either you or the child asking for Baptism at a later stage when you are ready.
What preparation is involved before the Baptism? -
A minister will be happy to explain the preparation process.
Will my child be welcome at St Peter's? -
Children are very welcome from the earliest age.
Families are welcome at all our services and there is a Creche/Children's Room available if you wish to make use of it for little ones. Please see children’s church
What will St Peter's do to support us as parents? -
We know that, for some parents, the Baptism of your child is the first contact you have had with the Church possibly for many years. We look forward to welcoming you into a friendly, open, relaxed church where you can learn more about faith and worship the God who loves you.