What is Baptism all about...
Baptism services at St Catherine's are some of the most exciting times in the life of the church! They are times of celebration as we thank God for the new life he gives us in Jesus Christ.
Baptism is the main mark of being a follower of Jesus and a member of his family, the Church. We baptise adults who find faith in Jesus Christ, and also children of believing families.
When baptising infants, parents normally choose Godparents whose main role is to encourage their Godchild to grow up to love and following Jesus. They can only do this effectively if they know and love Jesus too, so the church expects them to be baptised Christians.
Special promises are made at baptism - words of commitment to Jesus Christ and his church.
Baptism is often the beginning of a journey, but honouring the commitment we make brings us closer to Jesus and helps us to understand his amazing love and purpose for our lives.
We have four baptism services a year for infants and adults, usually in February, May, September and November. These take place during the 'Family Sunday' service at 10.15am on the first Sunday of the month, which is always followed by refreshments.
I'd like to arrange a baptism, what should I do next?
Baptism is about following Jesus and becoming a member of his family, the Church.
So the first step is always to come along to one of our regular Sunday services and meet the family. If you are a young family seeking the baptism of an infant, why come along to Explorers on a Sunday morning? There is always tea, coffee and snacks afterwards and this is a great time to have an initial conversation with the Vicar and to meet other members of the Church family.
When you are ready, you can then begin to make arrangements with the Vicar for you or your child to be baptised. We believe in a God of welcome and unconditional love, so we will never say no!
Baptism is a big step, so we want to do all that we can to help you prepare for the big day. This involves coming along to two preparation sessions, which will help you think about what it means to follow Jesus. To help us keep to time, these sessions are 'adult only', for older candidates or the parents and godparents of infants.