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Baptism of a child

Baptism is also known as Christening. Please don’t be confused by this, it is the same thing: a sign of welcome into God’s family and a commitment to follow the way of Christ. Parents and Godparents make promises on behalf of children who are too young to make those promises for themselves.

Anyone who lives within the parish can be baptised in this church. If you don’t live locally but have a special link with St John’s you can discuss the possibility of being baptised at St John’s, although we always encourage you to make contact with your local church.

Baptisms are nearly always held on the first Sunday of the month at 3pm. We can discuss dates (and alternatives) when you ring to make a booking.

Please note your child may not be the only one baptised at any service. It is not uncommon for there to be another family for the same Sunday, especially in the summer months, but there will still be very personal moments.

To make an initial enquiry please contact our vicar Revd Preb Sharon Crossman (01278 789290 or sharon.crossman@btopenworld.com).

So, the process goes like this:

  1. Contact  by telephone 01278 789290. To discuss and to book a date.
  2. Meet our baptism team usually on the Tuesday of the week before the baptism.   We’ll go through the baptism form that will have been sent to you, and we’ll talk about what baptism means, we’ll look at the service and finally we’ll go into church to see where the service takes place. This is your opportunity to ask questions, and just to get to know each other a little.
  3. Attend the Baptism. You will be asked to arrive about fifteen minutes before the service. The services lasts around 30-40 minutes.
  4. Come to the following Family Communion Service. Where you are welcomed into the local church family and receive your baptism candle.
  5. Stay in contact. We have lots going on for families and we do hope this is just the beginning of your ongoing contact with us.

Finally you need to know there is no fee to have your child baptised. We do ask you to consider making a donation as this helps us keep the church warm and in good repair.

If you have read all of this and are not sure if baptism is the right route for you, but you want to do something to say thank you for the safe arrival of your little one you may like to consider a Service of Thanksgiving.