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Holy Baptism is one of the Sacraments of the Christian Church. That means it is an outward, visible sign of an inward, Spiritual Grace. In other words, it is a public declaration and sign of Godís love. It marks the beginning of a lifelong journey with God. It is the first step in response to Godís love for us, as individuals.
Baptism is a joyful celebration as we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making solemn promises and declaring our Christian Faith. At St. Georgeís, we usually celebrate the sacrament of Baptism in our main Sunday Service (normally the third Sunday of the month). This enables the wider community and the regular congregation to join together in welcoming the newly baptised into the family of the Church. As we welcome this new Christian into our midst, we also promise support and prayer for their future. In Baptism we are united with the whole Christian Church, throughout the world and throughout the centuries, and together we journey into the fullness of Godís love.
Baptism is not just for babies! Anyone who has not already been baptised, but who wishes to live and grow in the Christian faith can ask to be baptised.
If you are thinking of baptism, for your child, you will probably have also been thinking about who might make a suitable godparent.
The role of a godparent is to speak and make promises on behalf of an infant. They are also to support the parents in bringing that child up as a Christian within the family of the Church, so that the child will grow up to confess the Christian faith for itself and come forward for Confirmation. Because of the enormity of their Christian responsibility, the godparents are required, by Church of England law, to be baptised themselves, and where possible to be confirmed. This is why it is not possible for a godparent to be a member of another faith. (other Christian denominations are allowed).
If you are interested in being baptised or having a child baptised at St. Georgeís Church, please contact the vicar, at the earliest opportunity to arrange the date and a preliminary meeting for preparation.
Please bear in mind that the availability of dates will depend on a number of factors, such as the number of other baptism enquiries and the season of the Church Year. We will do our best to help you.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to this happy event.