The service of Holy Baptism (often called Christening) is the beginning of a journey with God which continues throughout our lives. It is much more than a simple ‘naming’ service. For parents, godparents, sponsors and the candidate, it is a joyous time when they make promises to serve God and keep faith in him. For the wider church family, it is promising support and prayer for the future.
Baptism declares that you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a public confession of your faith in, and commitment to, Jesus Christ. It is an important foundation for Christian life.
We normally hold Services of Holy Baptism at 10.30am on the first Sunday of the month, during our All-Age Worship. This allows the younger members of our parish to be there to meet the newest member of our congregation, and for families to be on hand for support. The child will be a future Sunday School pupil and prepare for Confirmation in later years, so it is wonderful for lots of parishioners to meet them!
Our Rector would be happy to discuss times and dates for Holy Baptism with you as a member of our parish, and what it means to belong to the wider church family of St Columba’s. As Holy Baptism is a most significant service, it is important that the family are regular church attenders.
If you are considering Holy Baptism at St Columba’s and you are not a parishioner, we welcome you to join our services and to introduce yourself to our Clergy, so we can give you an opportunity to see what we are about. We want to get to know you better and help you fit in to parish life and our church family!
Quotations from The Book of Common Prayer 2004, © The Representative Church Body, of the Church of Ireland, 2004
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