Baptism (Christening) is how someone becomes a member of the community of faith. In the Church of England we Baptise both children and adults. The water of Baptism symbolises a ceremonial and ritual cleansing from sin and God's gift of eternal life. Baptism is the sacrament through which we become members of the Body of Christ, the Church.
If you live in the parish or worship with us regularly — or would like to worship with us regularly — you are encouraged to bring your child for Baptism. We normally Baptize at the 10:00am Sung Mass on Sundays. You will need three Godparents, who should themselves be Baptised.
If you are an adult seeking Baptism it is the norm to be both Baptised and Confirmed at the same time. Confirmation is the adult ownership of the promises made at Baptism and, celebrated by the Bishop, connects you to the wider church and symbolically bestows the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is the normal route through which people are admitted to Holy Communion. Baptism and Confirmation of adults takes place at various times throughout the year.
There is no charge for Baptism or Confirmation. The Sacraments are the free gift of God's grace.
Baptised children who are ready to affirm their own faith are encouraged to prepare for Confirmation in special classes designed for their age group (we normally prepare children for Confirmation from age 11 or 12). Please make enquiry to the Parish Office in the first instance or via the Contact page on this website.