Baptism at St Thomas
Baptism (sometimes called Christening) is a service at which children are made members of the Church, and given the promise of God’s blessing and eternal life. Anyone who lives in the parish or who is on the Electoral Roll (the Church’s membership list) has a right to have their children baptised at St Thomas Church during the morning service.
Those who live outside the parish may be able arrange to have their children baptised here if they have a connection to the parish, but will need to obtain permission from their local parish priest before we would agree to do it here.
Baptism implies commitment to a continuing connection with the Church so children have the opportunity to grow in faith, learn more about Jesus and find their place within God’s family.
Often 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.
In baptism 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.”
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! There is the opportunity for enquirers to join an informal six-session course (called Start!) which is run in the parish.
If you wish to be baptised, or wish to have a child baptised, please make contact with the Church Officer for baptism or the vicar.