Baptism, sometimes called Christening, marks the beginning of a journey of faith, becoming a member of the local and worldwide family of the Church.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss a baptism for yourself or your child. If you are looking to get your child or children baptised we would love for you to come to one of our monthly all-age services where you can meet Pauline, who looks after all of our baptism families; fill out a form with the information we need to get you booked in; and meet some of our other church families.
We baptise many children and adults at St James; below are some common questions which may help you in your decision of whether to have your child baptised or be baptised yourself.
What's the difference between Baptism and Christening?
Nothing! They are two words for exactly the same event.
What is the right age for baptism?
Baptism can happen at any age. What matters most is that you think this is the right time to be baptised.
I was baptised as a baby but I'd like to be baptised again. Can I do that?
You can only be baptised once but there are ways of renewing your baptismal promises. Alternatively you might like to consider being confirmed; just ask for more details.
Will I be asked to pray or sing?
Baptism is a simple, informal service and you won't be asked to sing or pray aloud.
Do I have to come to church to have my child baptised?
No, we believe that God's love is freely given to all, regardless of background. However you may want to use this as an opportunity to learn more about the Christian faith and come along to our worship on Sunday morning, especially our monthly all-age service
What is a Godparent?
Godparents, along with parents, make promises on behalf of the child being baptised. Godparents promise to pray for the child and support them and their family as they grow up. It is an important and responsible role. The only requirement to be a godparent is that they are baptised themselves.
How much does it cost?
The baptism service is free.
When will the service take place?
Though we sometimes have baptisms as part of our main Sunday service, usually they take place some time on Sunday afternoon with just the families and friends of those being baptised. The service usually lasts around 40 minutes.
For any further details or to arrange a baptism, please get in touch.