Baptisms

We really enjoy welcoming families for baptisms (also known as Christenings) and will always try to do our best to accommodate your needs. It is great to be able to celebrate a new birth or a spiritual step forward with you.  If you prefer, a thanksgiving service can be arranged instead.

Baptisms usually happen in a special service at 12.30pm after our main morning service has ended but you can opt to have it during the main 10.30am service.

Baptism is an important step which marks the beginning of our Christian journey and our aim is to walk alongside you as much as you wish. The baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist marked the start of his public ministry and it was an important step for Him and a reminder came in a voice from heaven that He was God’s beloved Son.

You can be baptised as an adult or as a child. In the case of a child they will need god-parents to speak on their behalf along with their parents. Once we have agreed to a baptism one of our team of lay people will visit you to discuss what happens, what baptism is about, to answer any questions and to complete your papers so that the register can be filled-in correctly. In the case of an adult one of the clergy will spend time with you thinking about the basics of the Christian Faith.

Godparents…must be baptised for us to be able to enter their names in the registers. Normally they must be able to attend but if not they can have someone stand in or….we have internet facilities which mean that god-parents can take part live on screen from anywhere in the world. It also means that relations can watch live via a web-broadcast. Please talk to us about this. 

Making a booking: Please email our administrator, Linda on office@stjohnschurchcarterton.org.uk or use this form choosing Office in the drop down menu. You can also leave a message on the church landline answerphone: 01993 846996. Our Licensed Lay Minister, Lyndsay, will then call you to arrange to visit you. She will ask where you live as we can only give an immediate “yes” if you live in Carterton (includes Shilton Park). If you live elsewhere she will discuss the possibilities. Please have at least a couple of dates for your child’s Christening in mind when you make contact.

There is no charge for Baptisms although voluntary donations are very welcome. There is a charge of £15 for a baptism certificate, issued at the time of the service. If you want to have one at a later date it will be £31.