Wanting the Best
We sincerely believe that to bring up your child as a Church-going Christian is the best possible preparation for life in today’s world. We are delighted when we are asked to administer the sacrament of Baptism (sometimes called a Christening) but we find that many people do not really understand this and it is important that careful preparation is made.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is a sign or symbol (called a Sacrament) of an agreement made between God and the family. There are two sides to this agreement:
1. God promises to enter your life, cleansing and forgiving, and living with you by his Holy
2. Parents and God-parents promise to give your child a Christian up-bringing within the
Church, to help that child come to worship and to pray. This is done by the teaching and
example of the Parents and God-parents.
3. Through the waters of baptism your child will become a Christian and a member of the church
God-parents make these promises on behalf of the child being baptised and therefore people taking on this important role must be practicing Christians themselves.
The Church of England expects all God-parents to be at least 16 years old, baptised and confirmed members of the Church, but it is possible for someone who is not yet confirmed to be a God-parent. Traditionally, a boy has two God-fathers and a God-mother, and a girl, two God-mothers and a God-father.
APPLICATION FOR BAPTISM
You will need to collect a baptism application form from the Vicarage, Victoria Road - telephone Fr Dickinson first on 01302 875266.
WHEN ARE BAPTISMS HELD?
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism is usually celebrated at St Philip & St James church at 12.15pm on a Sunday to be arranged with Fr Dickinson. On some occasions it may be appropriate for the baptism to take place at the 10.30am Sunday MASS.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Prior to your child's baptism you will be required to attend the 10:30am Sunday Mass on at least ONE SUNDAY if not more!
There is no fee or charge for baptism but we hope you will be generous at the collection at the Baptism service.