A baby – A child – An adult
Baptism (also known as Christening) is the heart of an amazing journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too young or old to undertake this step.
It may be you were baptised as a child or in a different Christian tradition, but there are always ways to renew promises made so you can make a fresh start for your future life.
Baptism implies commitment to a continuing connection with the Church so those baptised have the opportunity to grow in faith, learn more about Jesus and find their place within God’s family.
In the baptism of a child the parents and Godparents are saying, in effect, on their behalf, “I believe in God, I want to learn more about Jesus, I want to be a member of the Church.”
Families will be encouraged to come to Church before arranging a baptism so they are sure this is the right step to make for their children.
Parents who do not wish their children to be baptised immediately, but wish to give thanks to God for the birth or adoption of a child, are welcome to ask for a service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child.
Adults and older children who have not been baptised are encouraged to ask for baptism. They make the promises for themselves so have to be sure that they believe in God, want to learn more about Jesus and want to become a member of the Church. The Vicar is always ready to talk to those who wish to explore what this might mean.
Baptism is generally available in the main Sunday morning service at St Thomas’.
Anyone who lives in the parish or who is on the Electoral Roll (the Church’s membership list) has a right to be baptised at St Thomas’ Church
Those who live outside the parish may be able arrange to have their children baptised at St Thomas’ if they have a connection to the parish
If you wish to be baptised, or wish to have a child baptised, please do contact us.