Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God's love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the church.
This service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way...
At your baptism, your forehead will be signed with the cross using a special oil of baptism that has been blessed by the Bishop at the Maundy Thursday Service at Guildford Cathedral. The sign of the cross is the badge of faith in the Christian journey which reminds us of Christ's death for us. Water will then be blessed and poured on your head. The word 'baptism' means 'to be immersed in water' but as we have fonts at the churches we are unable to fully immerse. Symbolically the pouring of water (as well as full immersion) represents our 'drowning' in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, and this unites us to Christ's dying and rising. It is an outward sign of an inward grace. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the spirit. This reminds us of Jesus' baptism.
And as a sign of that new life, a candle is given as a gift from the church to symbolise the Light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of their lives. We are walking together into the fullness of God's love.
Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." John 10.10
When a baby or child is baptised, godparents and parents will make promises on their behalf, and prayers will be offered for them and the family.For information and help concerning baptisms in The Benefice of Frensham, please contact the Reverend Jane Walker. For those with a connection or association with the Benefice through marriage or historical family links you will need to consider completing a church electoral role form by clicking here. We also invite you to become a Friend of Frensham Churches to ensure an ongoing connection with the Benefice.
Please find the Application for Baptism form here.
If you are considering baptism but don't feel ready you may wish to consider Thanksgiving for the gift of a child.
There is no fee for the service of Baptism or the service of Thanksgiving for the gift of a child. However, there is a cost for certificates of £14.00 each.
If any of your guests need wheelchair access, this is available via the Church Hall entrance behind the bell tower at the West side of the church.
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Should you wish to hire St Mary's church hall for refreshments after the service, please contact Barbara Potter on 01252 794727.