Baptisms and Christenings
A baptism (sometimes called a 'Christening') marks the first step of a lifelong spiritual journey with God. It is a time of celebration and thanksgiving, anchored within the Christian faith. It involves acknowledging your belief in God and a willingness to learn to follow Jesus and turn away from everything that is evil or sinful.
Most frequently it is a time to celebrate and give thanks to God for the gift of a child or new baby, but baptism is available for anyone of any age who wishes to make that step of faith.
In the case of babies and children, the parents and godparents make the decisions and promises on their behalf. Godparents promise to pray for and encourage the child in their spiritual development and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith. Godparents must themselves be baptised.
At St John's, baptisms normally take place on the 1st Sunday of the month during our regular 9.30am service, which on this occasion is a Family Service. In this way the church family at St John's can celebrate with you and welcome you as a new member of the Church and God's family.
To arrange a baptism or talk through what is involved, please contact our Vicar Rev. Kathia Shoesmith on 01422 244330