What happens in the baptism service?
The central symbol of the baptism service is washing with water. The candidate is refreshed and renewed through the holy water to begin a new life in Jesus Christ. Before this, the parents and Godparents, or the adult candidate, make promises, and the congregation vows to support them. They are marked with the sign of the cross with the oil of baptism, and at the end they receive a lighted candle as a symbol of Christ’s light in their lives. All this is surrounded by prayers, readings, and words of reflection. The service lasts about half an hour.
There’s more information, including a sample service, on the Church of England website here, and the priest taking the service will go through it with you in the week or two beforehand.
How do I arrange a service?
Use the Contacts form on the website or ring the Church Office, and we can discuss the details!
Heavenly Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit you give to your faithful people new life in the water of baptism. Guide and strengthen us by the same Spirit, that we who are born again may serve you in faith and love, and grow into the full stature of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit now and for ever. Amen.