We really enjoy welcoming families for baptisms 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 ring us on 07783 650793 to speak to our Licensed Lay Minister, Mrs Lyndsay Baker. If there is no answer please leave a message and phone number and she will get back to you as soon as possible. You will be asked where you live as we can only give an immediate “yes” if you live in Carterton (includes Shilton Park). If you live elsewhere we will discuss the possibilities. Normally we can agree a date during the call and then your details will be passed on to the visitors who will then contact you to arrange a time to meet.
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.