What is baptism?
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 (or christening) 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.
Baptism is a 'sacrament' a visible sign of God's love. In baptism, we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we all need to turn away from selfishness and to accept God’s offer of a new start.
Baptisms at St Botolph's Church, Quarrington
We hope that Baptism services will be a short, fun and informal celebration of welcoming your child/you into our Church community, however you do need to live in the parish or attend the church regularly.
Baptisms normally take place on Sunday afternoons and we are very happy to talk with you about having your child's baptism during the 11am Sunday service.
Preparation sessions for baptism families are held in the Church Room on a Saturday morning at regular intervals and we do ask that you attend the main church service at 11am on a Sunday at least twice before the baptism.
When you bring your child for baptism, you and your child's Godparents will be asked to declare publicly on behalf of your child that you believe in God and that you will bring your child up to follow Jesus.
Godparents promise to pray and support the child and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith. It is an important and responsible role.
You can have at least four godparents. Godparents can be family members or friends. However, it is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child's spiritual welfare and who will pray for you and your child. Godparents must themselves be baptized members of any Christian denomination.
Symbols and actions used during the service
A number of important symbols and actions will be used during the service itself:
The Priest will pour water on your child's head. Water is a sign of washing and cleansing. In baptism it is a sign of being washed free from sin and beginning a new life with God.
The Sign of the Cross
The Priest will make the sign of the cross on your child's forehead. This is like an invisible badge to show that Christians are united with Christ and must not be ashamed to stand up for their faith in him.
Jesus is the Light of the World. A large candle will be lit in the church and you will also be given a lighted candle at the end of the service as a reminder of the light which has come into your child's life.
How much does Baptism cost?
Baptism services are free. If you would like to discuss Baptism, please come to the Vestry Hour from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesdays, in the Parish Room (behind the Church). We look forward to welcoming your child into the Christian Family.