What is Baptism?

Baptism is the public identification with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God the Son. The water symbolises the cleansing of our rebellion toward God for which we are forgiven though the gift of his son, Jesus. Baptising a baby, toddler, or older child, is symbol of God’s blessing to God’s people. Through baptism, children become members of the church, can be raised in the Christian Faith, and in due course, confirm their faith in later years, at their Confirmation Service.

What does a Baptism cost?

  • £0 cost for the Baptism Service. In addition, the use of the Church, car parking, heating and lighting is free of charge.
  • £5 booklet for each Godparent to help them prepare
  • £15 for an official Certificate of Baptism
  • £45 for a set of personalised, printed, colour booklets for the baptism service. The booklets contain all the words for the service.
  • As a gift from the Church, each child will receive a Baptism Candle, a book of prayers and a personalised card with the baptism details on.

Do I need to come to Church?

Yes. You will be making a commitment at your child’s baptism of setting an example to them and helping them take their place within the life of the church. It is important to start that now.

Do I need to have Godparents?

Yes. A minimum of three. Two of whom must be the same gender as the child. All Godparents need to have been baptised.

Do we need to be married?

Marriage between a man and a woman is the family unit which is God’s best for the nurturing of children. If you are not married, you are still welcome to enquire about getting your child baptised. The Vicar wi ll encourage you to give serious consideration to taking the vows of marriage as the stable and committed family unit for children to be raised in the Faith.

Do we as parents and godparents need to be Christians?

It is important that parents bringing their child to baptism believe in one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That God the Son, Jesus, entered humanity and made the ultimate sacrifice of offering his life as a payment for the rebellious lives we lead towards God. Jesus died but defeated death and overcame evil, sin and death. We too can defeat evil, sin and death though a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Baptism is a command of Jesus to his followers. It is the mark of identifying with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Baptism for your child, is your commitment to raising your child as a Christian. It is therefore logical, appropriate and a matter of personal integrity that you believe in God as revealed through Jesus, and that you are serious about following him, learning about him, and regularly worshipping him with other Christians.

The Baptism Service

Baptism Services are 2.30pm on Sunday afternoons.

Here at Christ Church, an individual service is conducted for each family. The date you choose from the available dates on offer, is just for you and your family, friends and invited guests. It is a special occasion and one which we work together closely with you to ensure it is a memorable service.

Baptism Services take place in the modern and beautiful Church building at Christ Church Thornton. The stone font on the way into the Church, is the place where thousands of people have been baptised since the current font was installed in the 1960s. At this font, children and adults are baptised into the Christian Faith, admitted into membership of the Church, and begin their life-long journey of faith.

Arranging a Baptism

Step One

Come to Sunday worship

Step Two

Attend an Information Evening

Step Three

Both parents meet with the Vicar

Step Four

Choose from the available dates

Step Five

Complete a Booking Form

Give yourself plenty of time, as the process from beginning to the baptism itself can take six months.