HOLY BAPTISM or CHRISTENING

INFORMATION for PARENTS and GODPARENTS

 

 

 

 

When baptised, a person becomes a member of the Church, he or she becomes part of the family of God and finds there is a sense of belonging, belonging to a community of Christians which is worldwide and all embracing and in which everyone is welcome and can find a home.

 

The Church is not just a special building in your town or village but a community of people who are united together to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. They offer a close and supportive community in which your children or godchildren can grow up as part of Christ’s living body.

 

Baptism is a beginning not an end. It marks the start of the Christian life. Newly-born babies need love, care and attention as they grow up. A newly-baptised person also needs nurture to grow into a mature Christian. This is why the role of parents and godparents is so important.

The Service

 

In the baptism service parents and godparents promise that the child will be brought up as a Christian to know and experience a living faith.In the service parents and godparents make vows on behalf of the child, who later renews them at confirmation.

 

The vows are: 

To turn away from evil to believe and trust in God to live in obedience to God’s will.

 

They also agree:

To take part in Christian worship with the child to teach Christian faith and practice to the child to make sure the child is encouraged to be confirmed to pray regularly for the child

And so a partnership is formed between God’s family and your family.

 

Godparents

 
How many Godparents are needed?

At least two, one Godfather and one Godmother.

 

 

Who can be a Godparent?

The Church requires that Godparents must be baptised Christians and it is desirable that they should be regular communicants of the Church in Wales or a Church in Communion with it.

When choosing Godparents it is important that they should be people who will carry out their duties responsibly.

Application Form for a Baptism of a Child

Please complete the Baptism application form and return it to Rev. Dr Duncan Walker. It is important that both parents sign the form. We may also want to talk to you about what is involved in baptism and will also answer any queries you may have about baptism. This is usually done after the Sunday Morning Service at Pyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Completed forms can be emailed to Rev Dr Duncan Walker:

 

revduncan.walker@hotmail.co.uk

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