A baptism service involves parents and godparents making very serious promises which speak about their own faith in Jesus as well as describing the faith in which they promise to raise the child being baptised.
We believe that baptism means:
- reaching a decision about Jesus
- responding to what Jesus has done
- receiving the new life that Jesus gives
Because we want to give people the opportunity to explore what life with Jesus is all about, we usually ask parents who want to have their child baptised to do some preparation - most normally by taking part in an Alpha course (unless they have been committed members of a church community for some time).
This is a simple service which enables parents to say thank you to God for their child. They do not have to make specifically Christian promises. We are happy to include people who want to stand as "godparents" as part of this service. This enables a child to make up their own mind when older as to whether or not they want to be baptised.
Thanksgiving and Dedication
Some Christian parents choose this service for their children. It involves making serious promises concerning their own faith in Jesus as well as saying thank you to God for their child. This also enables a child to make up their own mind when older as to whether or not they want to be baptised.
This is for teenagers and adults who have not been baptised already and have chosen to follow Jesus and want to declare that publicly. It also involves a lot more water than a child's baptism - see the picture of the pool below.
We also make space for people who have been baptised as children to reaffirm publicly their baptismal promises by "full immersion" in the pool.
Confirmation is another way of doing the same thing - and we would be happy to talk with anyone who wishes to explore that.