Planning a Baptism
In a baptism or christening, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, deciding 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 the darkness of self-centredness, 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 the darkness of evil and to make a new start with God.
To arrange a christening please call the Parish Office on 01432 274490.
You may wish to ask about having a service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child. In this service, you thank God for the gift of your child and the child is blessed. You do not make the same promises as in the Baptism service. If you choose to have a Thanksgiving, you may also have a Baptism service for your child at a later date.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which the participation in the life of God’s people inaugurated at baptism is confirmed by the bishop by the laying on of hands, and in which those who have been baptised affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been baptised and their intention to live a life of responsible and committed discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop, the Church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to enable them to live in this way.
Anyone may be confirmed who has been baptised, who is old enough to answer responsibly for themselves, and who has received appropriate preparation. In the Church of England it has been traditional for people to be confirmed in their early teens, but there is no set age for confirmation.
Children and Communion at St Paul’s
Unconfirmed children attending St Paul’s 10.00am Parish Communion service will be able to receive Communion to recognise the contribution they make to the life of the church. St Paul’s PCC agreed to allow children to receive communion some time ago and it is very appropriate that the first occasion that this took place was Easter Sunday 2009.
Parents will be asked if they wish their children to receive Communion or a blessing. For those wishing to particpate in Communion the children will receive a short induction cause which will take place during a normal Discoverers meeting.
Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”