We are delighted that you are thinking of having your child baptised, sometimes called a Christening. Baptisms can be carried out at St Nicholas’ Church, Great Wakering if you are resident in the Parish. Baptisms usually take place at our normal Sunday services, but can be carried out by arrangement at other times. No doubt you want the best for your child in every way:
– Physically, and the local doctor is there to help.
– Educationally, and there the local schools will help.
– Spiritually, the church is here to help with that.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is the act by which a person is joined to the Christian family (the Church), once they have openly declared their trust in Jesus Christ and their desire to follow him. Baptism involves:
– Both a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ.
– And a commitment to be involved in the life, fellowship and worship of the local Church.
What about the children?
If your child is not yet old enough for a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ, the Church will still accept him/her for baptism on the understanding that he/she receives a Christian upbringing within the family of the Church.
This means that as your child grows up, he/she will be taught to:
– Read and understand the Bible
– Practice the Christian faith
This teaching should be carried out by you, in your home, as well as by the local Church.
What is required of the parents?
During the baptism service, you will be asked to declare:
– Your own commitment to Jesus Christ and desire to follow him.
– That you are willing to bring your child up as a Christian within the family of the Church.
– That you are prepared to give your child the help and encouragement that he/she needs by your prayer, by your teaching and by your example.
– For some parents the above may not meet your need so there is an alternative to baptism called a Thanksgiving Service
What about preparation?
The promises that you will make during the baptism service are very definite and demanding. For this reason, we welcome the opportunity to discuss baptism more fully. We normally plan to visit parents and Godparents in your own home and then at the Church where the Baptism service will take place. As well as getting to know each other, this gives the opportunity to:
– Look at baptism with you and what it means to be a Christian.
– Help you think about how you plan to fulfill the promises that you will be making and how the Church can help you in your spiritual journey.
What about Church?
Baptism involves your child becoming part of the Christian family and as commitment by you to bring him/her up within that family. Because of this you need to attend church regularly at least twice a month for three months before Baptism. If you are unable or unwilling to fulfill this requirement it might delay your child’s Baptism. So, we strongly encourage you to form a regular pattern of worshipping now with the family on a Sunday which will continue in the future.
What about the Baptism Service?
Since baptism involves joining the family of the Church, ideally it takes place during our normal Family Worship on a Sunday morning when other members of the Church family are present to welcome the new member. We will be delighted to fix a date for the baptism after the initial visits and attendance have taken place.
Children at our Churches
Children are an important part of the Church family and we warmly welcome them. On Sunday they have their own activities during part of the service but join with the adults towards the end, so we can all worship together as a Church family.
If you are interested in baptism, please contact:-
Lynda Edmunds 01702 218249 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liana Gowen 01702 216837 email@example.com