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Baptism

Baptism (or Christening, it’s the same thing) is about joining the church on the Christian journey. So there is some preparation to help parents and godparents to make the promises required in the service.

Baptisms usually happen at a special Baptism service at 11.30am on a Sunday at Holy Trinity, or by arrangement at St Columba.

To arrange your child’s baptism at Holy Trinity or St Columba, please contact the Parish Office. or phone to make an appointment.

Exactly what is Holy Baptism?

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God, which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love for all involved, particularly those to be baptised but also parents, Godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church.

The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. Our ‘drowning’ – in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit, as Jesus was at his baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there may be a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of his or her life. As you pray for those to be baptised, picture them with yourself and the whole Church throughout the ages, journeying into the fullness of God’s love.

Jesus said “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” John 10 vs.10

If you would like to take photographs around the font and/or at the front of the church, please do so after the baptism service is finished.

Communion before Confirmation