Baptism is a wonderful and sacred ceremony. Baptism is the outward sign of the inner reality of a person turning to Jesus Christ, and becoming a member of Christ's Church. It is a new start to life in which the baptised person is accepted and sealed by God with the Holy Spirit to represent Christ to the world.
As part of the baptism service, we declare our faith and intention to serve Christ, and ask for God's continuing grace to support us in the task, to which we are called.
When a baptism is of a baby or a child, the baptised receives the love and shared faith of the family to grow up into Christ.
Through prayer and fellowship within the body of Christ, God strengthens and nourishes us.
Jesus Christ came that we might have life, and have it in all its fullness
Thanksgiving for the gift of a child
We always have a service of Thanksgiving before the baptism in the Broughton Team. The Thanksgiving Service provides an opportunity for parents and families to give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and to offer prayer for family life. It takes place during an All Age morning service.
Some parents do not feel ready to make the promises required of them in the baptism service and feel that having a thanksgiving and naming ceremony is more appropriate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q - How do I arrange a baptism for my child?
A - Contact us by phone, email or ideally by coming to church and chatting with us there. Baptisms and / or thanksgivings need to be booked in advance.
Q - I was baptised as a baby but would like to be baptised again - is this possible?
A - n the Church of England we see Baptism as a once and for always service marking God's commitment to us. However, you may wish to consider confirmation which is an opportunity for us to express our commitment to God. Renewal of Baptismal Vows is another possibility.
Q - How much does baptism cost?
A - There's not usually a charge for the service but as at any of our services we welcome donations and these donations enable the church to continue to serve the community.
Q - Can we take photos or videos through the service?
A - Flash photography is not permitted. Video cameras can be used but only with prior permission.
Q - When can the baptism take place?
A - At St Clement’s baptisms usually take place on the first or third Sundays of the month. At St James baptisms are only available on the second Sunday of the month. Baptisms need to be booked in advance.