Baptism…the start of an Amazing Journey
Congratulations on becoming a parent and for considering having your baby baptised!
To book a baptism either complete the form at the bottom of this page, call (0151 259 8929) or email the Vicar, Julia ,who will be delighted to speak to you.
Generally speaking we baptise on the 4th Sunday of the month as part of the regular church service. This gives the whole church the opportunity of celebrating with you and making promises of commitment to you and your child.
Before the service you will be invited to attend a baptism preparation evening to think through the service and promises you will be making on behalf of your child.
During a christening service, a child will be baptised. A christening marks the start of a lifetime of discovery about the Christian faith and how life-changing that can be. It’s a first response to God’s love and it’s an Amazing Journey of surprises, challenges and adventure.
And through it all, God is always with us.
For all involved, but particularly the child, parents and godparents, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
Parents and godparents make serious promises and all the Christians present at the service declare their faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future.
Witnessing a christening provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on our own Amazing 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 Amazing Journey. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith, which reminds us of Christ’s love for us. Our being washed clean of our sins in the water of baptism. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit. And as a sign of that new life, there is a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ overcoming the darkness. Everyone who is baptized walks in that light for their whole Amazing Journey in faith.
As you pray for the child, picture him or her with yourself and the whole Church throughout the ages, on an Amazing Journey into the fullness of God’s love.
If you want to light a virtual candle as a prayer for the child, go to the menu of this website churchofenglandchristenings.org to ‘light a candle’. The rest of the website has some good ideas, too.