At baptism, you are received into the Christian faith. If you are bringing your young child for baptism, you make promises on your child’s behalf. You promise to raise them to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of his Church. You as parents are making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church’s support.
You can be baptised at any age, but you can only be baptised once. It doesn’t matter what branch of the Christian Church you are baptised in, once baptised you are a full member of Christ’s Church.
At St. Wulfrans, baptisms normally take place during our 10.00am Sunday Eucharist, and in that way the newly baptised person is welcomed into our church family.
At confirmation, you complete your initiation into the Church. After a period of preparation, you attend a special service where you renew the promises made at your baptism and where the Bishop lays hands on your head and anoints you with Holy Oil as a sign that you have received the Holy Spirit. It can be a particularly significant sacrament for adults who were baptised as children and now want to affirm their faith and commitment to Christ.
For older children and adults who haven’t previously been baptised, the two sacraments of baptism and confirmation can be held together at the same service, often at the Eucharist on Easter Day.
If you would like to discuss baptism or confirmation for yourself or for your child, please get in touch with our Parish Priest, Mother Kathryn Twining.