Baptism at St. John’s
Everyone living in England lives within a Church of England parish and is therefore eligible for Baptism with the Church of England.
Baptism, or Christening as it is sometimes called, is the way in which we join the Christian Church, and celebrate what God promises for each individual. As such it is a very significant event in the life of anyone, whether a baby, a child or an adult.
We welcome anyone living in the Parish, or on the electoral roll, who presents themselves or their children for Baptism.
For young people and adults the normal practice is to attend a series of confirmation classes prior to Baptism. These courses are usually run on an annual basis.
Where babies or children are presented for Baptism, the parents will be visited and will normally be asked to attend a Baptism preparation meeting. Godparents must be baptised persons, and preferably of communicant standing as well.
The Baptism forms a significant part of the main Sunday worship at 10am. At this service, the congregation on behalf of the Parish and the whole church promises to welcome and nurture those being baptised.
St John’s takes this promise seriously, and is keen to ensure that support in spiritual matters is always available.