We at St John’s would like you to know that we will do all we can in supporting your decision to have your child baptised.
Baptism is the start of the Christian journey, of itself it doesn’t make you a Christian but it opens the door to the life God wants us to lead.
As Christians we believe that baptism is one of two principle sacraments, the other being Holy Communion. So what is a sacrament? It is a visible sign of God’s love for us as human beings. At baptism we are thanking God for the gift of life and acknowledging his love. We are turning away from evil, sin and darkness and turning positively to Christ.
Baptism is free.
Baptisms at St John’s are conducted at the following times:
1st Sunday of the month 10.00am in the Family Eucharist
(This helps families to join with the congregation to celebrate the birth of their child and start of their child’s Christian journey. It is also helpful for those not used to church to engage in a more relaxed service)
Other Sundays at 12.30pm or by arrangement
(A quieter service for family and friends)
St John’s Church, Crossens Baptism/Christening Policy
We’re delighted you’re thinking of baptism/Christening for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.
What is baptism/Christening?
· In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church’s support.
· For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.
· St John’s congregation welcomes the baptised person into the worldwide church family and, as the local church, promises to support and pray for you and your child.
Baptism/Christening at St John’s Church
· We love to welcome new members of the Christian family through baptism, whatever the age of the child or the adult, and are delighted that you are thinking about this for your child (or yourself).
· Baptisms at St John’s normally happen at the family service at 10.00am on the 1st Sunday of the month, so that the person baptised can be welcomed by the church family present. You are invited to suggest hymns for your service. Alternatively, the service can be at 12.30pm on any other Sunday by arrangement. This is a said service.
· As part of the preparation for this important step in someone’s life, we will send you a booklet that may answer any questions you may have about it. If you have any further questions please do contact us.
· The promises that are made by godparents during the baptism service are very serious (and can be rather daunting!) so we will send you a leaflet explaining their role. The godparents have to be baptised themselves. If they are not contact us and we can explain what they need to do.
· For those who live outside the parish we need to establish a pastoral connection with us; you, your parents or grandparents were baptised or married here or you used to live in the parish.
· As part of our ongoing support for families who have had their child baptised (which we have promised in the baptism service to give), we invite you to join us for our family-friendly activities, such as Messy church, family services, and an annual service especially for those who have had a child baptised in the parish.
· Be assured of our prayers for you and your family leading up to, during and beyond the baptism/Christening you are planning.
Finally, a matter of administration: dates for baptisms need to be mutually agreed in advance, so, to avoid disappointment, please confirm your date with us before making any definite arrangements with caterers etc.