Baptism or Christening?
They are the same! Often we call Baptism “Christening”. The word Christening links with “Christ” – it means “anointed”. Being christened or baptised is about becoming like Jesus: someone with love, forgiveness, hope, joy. God’s Holy Spirit promises to help us be like that for ourselves, our families and for other people. In Jesus God defeats evil and helps us work to build a community of love and care for all the world. We call that community the Church.
If you want to find out more about the meaning of Baptism read on to the end of this page. But if you just want some quick practicalities about Baptism at St Lawrence… here they are :
Can my baby be baptised?
Yes! Get in touch with us.
When are Baptism Services at St Lawrence?
Baptisms are generally arranged for 12.30pm on Sundays.
Do we need to attend worship beforehand?
No, you don’t need to have attended services before your baby’s baptism, however, your family would be more than welcome to come along and attend the main Sunday service at 10.15am. After Eucharist there is coffee and we love to meet new people!
Who can be godparents?
A baby normally has at least three godparents. They should be practising Christians. Godparents make the promises on behalf of the child and then pray for the child as s/he grows up so that s/he becomes a faithful member of the Christian Community.
What does Baptism cost?
Nothing! Of course, we do ask you to think about supporting the church so that we can offer God’s love to others.