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Baptism at St James' Rowledge


Baptism, or Christening as it is sometimes known, is the start of the journey of faith.  Baptism can happen at any age, but is more traditionally something which parents seek for their children in the early years of their life.

Baptism is an outward symbol of an act of faith by parents on behalf of their young children or by an older person who is able to make a promise of faith for themselves.  The word ‘baptism’ means to immerse in water and in the baptism service water is used as a symbol of having been washed clean by God.

Baptisms usually takes place during our normal 10:45am service on the third Sunday of each month.  To discuss Baptism for either yourself or your child, please contact us or complete the enquiry form below.

Baptism of Infants

In baptism, parents offer thanks to God for his gift of life, and make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith.  Godparents promise to pray for, nurture and support faith in the child’s life.  Therefore it is important that those who are chosen as Godparents have themselves been baptised and are committed to following Christ in their own lives.  In the service, the church family also promises to welcome the child and prayerfully support the family.

Prior to the service we ask all parents (and Godparents if they are available) to attend an evening Baptism Preparation course.

The Church of England has produced some useful resources for parents thinking about baptism for their children.

Baptism of Older Children and Adults

Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of an amazing journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too old to take this step, and being baptized as an older child or adult is a wonderful experience.  For those considering baptism themselves please do come along on a Sunday morning and speak to the Vicar or contact us.

We also offer a Thanksgiving service for a child, you can find more information here .

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