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In bringing your child for baptism, you are thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support on that journey.
For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil and turning towards Christ. During the service, the visible signs of oil, the cross, the water and the lit candle are used to show the reality of God’s love and care for your child.
The parents and godparents promise to support the child and pray for him or her. They make a decision on behalf of the child to choose good rather than evil and to live in a way which reflects the light of Christ.
Godparents play an important role in your child’s life and should be chosen carefully. We recommend no more than four godparents for each child. Godparents must be baptised themselves.
From January 2018, baptisms take place at St. John the Evangelist's Church, Hipswell, at 1pm on the first Sunday of the month, and also at 1pm on the third Sundays of the month at St. Cuthbert's Church, Colburn. Those wishing to be baptised, or parents bringing children to baptism, now attend worship at either St Cuthbert's or St John's on three occasions before submitting a Baptism Application Form. This enables them to experience worship in the churches beforehand, and to get to know regular members of the worshipping community, who will offer to support them in years to come. The Vicar meets with parents and godparents for baptism preparation before the baptism itself. For adults wishing to be baptised, a longer period of preparation is needed, and usually baptism is followed by confirmation relatively soon afterwards, as it indicates that the individual wishes to take their Christian faith seriously and intends to become a regular communicant member of the Church of England.
For more detailed information on Church of England Baptisms, please visit the Church of England website by clicking on this link:
If you would like to discuss baptism please contact the Revd Andrew Cromarty or Marie Smalley, Churchwarden (contact details can be found on the Contacts Page), or come along to St Cuthbert's Community Hall at 8pm on a Monday evening where you can discuss your baptism wishes in person with the Vicar and/or the Churchwarden.
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