Baptism (or Christening) marks the beginning of the journey of faith for Christians and can be undertaken at any age. Baptism is a response to God’s love – a desire and a commitment to respond to God’s call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God’s people. Baptism marks the start of a lifetime of discovery about the Christian faith and how life-changing that can be. It’s a journey of surprises, challenges and adventure.
If you are mature enough to make your own decisions and you’ve decided you’d like to be baptized, you’ll have a baptism service that is designed for adults. You may have been going to church for a while and want to make a more definite commitment in terms of your Christian faith. For adults and young people, baptism usually takes place shortly before, or at the same time, as confirmation. Confirmation is the service when those who have previously been baptized affirm those promises and are specially prayed for by a Bishop.
For babies and young children, where parents and godparents make promises on the child’s behalf in the hope that they will make them their own at confirmation, we offer a service, usually held during our 9.30 am services or at the 5.00 pm Café Church. Rather than baptise as a baby, some parents prefer to wait for their children to make their own decision and for that reason we also offer a service of thanksgiving for the birth of a child.
If you are interested in being baptized, or having your child baptized, or a service of thanksgiving for the birth of your child, please do not hesitate to contact our Vicar, Rev Gill Rowell, on 0118 942 7786. Or you can email us if you prefer and we will get back to you.
Baptism or thanksgiving services at St Catherine’s follow a baptism preparation classes, usually held in the evening, at the parents’ convenience. Baptisms will usually, but not always, be held during our 5.00 pm Café Church on the third Sunday in the month.