God gives us both physical and spiritual life. In the Gospel, a learned man called Nicodemus cames to Jesus at night and asked what life was about.
Jesus said to him, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’
…‘How can someone be born when they are old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!’
…Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.’
As a church we count it as a significant privilege to help people on their jouney of faith and to help them live life in all its fulness. The Vicar or other ministers will be happy to help you.
A Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing
This popular service gives the opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ to God, to pray for you and your family and to ask for God’s blessing. There are no baptismal promises to be made but there is an opportunity to name your child and to publicly recognise ‘supporting friends’ who agree to help you in the bringing up of your child. Because of the nature of this service, there is a little more room for flexibility in the content and also it can be conducted at a mutually convenient time. It is different from baptism and does not prevent baptism at a later date.
Baptism (also called ‘Christening’) is the means by which we join the Church. Whilst many of our enquiries are for infants we particulalrly welcome enquiries from adults. Infants are obviously unable to speak for themselves and so we baptise infants based upon the parents’ and godparents’ personal commitment and intention to practice the Christian faith. Therefore where the parents are not themselves baptised we encourage them to consider it. Baptism is conducted in one of our main Sunday services and we have a number of set dates through the year.
Kay, Mum to Jacob, one of the newest members of our Church says:
I enjoy coming to church personally as it is a time when I can step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a toddler and juggling work and family, and take some time for myself to be still and reflect on everything going on in my life. I use it as a time to ask for forgiveness for things that have happened, or things that I have done, and to give thanks for all that I have. I come away feeling cleansed and refreshed and ready to go home and be a good role model for Jacob.
Confirmation is a service at which, young, and no-so-young, adults confirm for themselves, the promises that were made on their behalf by their parents and godparents at baptism. They therefore continue their journey of faith, now taking responsibility for their own discipleship (following the Christian faith). The service is presided at by the Bishop and a course of preparation precedes the confirmation. If adult candidates have not been baptised, they are normally baptised at this service. There is also an opportunity for those already confirmed to re-affirm their baptism vows where their faith has lapsed.