"Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. He took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them."
Mark Chapter 10: Versus 13-16
We are delighted that you wish to bring your child to be baptised at St Bartholomew`s Church. Baptisms are usually held on the third Sunday of each month within the 10am Eucharist or at 3pm, within a dedicated baptism service. Please note that there are no baptisms undertaken during Lent.
If you are not a regular churchgoer then kindly accept our invitation to join us at the Parish Eucharist each Sunday Morning at 10am. Families often find this to be very helpful as you will meet many of the people, both clergy and lay people, who will assist you in bringing your child to baptism and support you and your child within the Church. This will also give you an insight into what happens during the Eucharist and will assist in the preparations for baptism. During the Parish Eucharist, we have a safe, well respected and fun crèche for children aged 0 – 3 years as well as a lively and thriving junior church for ages 3 – 11 years. All children are welcome.
As you begin to come to Church, we can make dates for preparation visits, and introduce you to people who will support you before and after the baptism of your child.
Preparation for baptism usually includes one or two visits by the Baptism Co-ordinator, Gillian Scott, as well as an informal visit by the vicar, Father Martin Lee. During the preparation period we cover the spiritual aspects of baptism – symbols used within the service (signing of the cross, water for cleansing and purification, candles and light symbolising your child’s first steps walking in the light of God) in addition to the reasons for bringing your child to baptism. We also discuss the practical aspects of baptism, ie what happens during the service, where do parents and godparents sit, photographs, the baptism register. Questions are encouraged!
The rehearsal for baptism is usually held for parents and godparents at 6pm on the Saturday before the baptism service.
Godparents - By Prayer, By Teaching, By Example
Church of England law (known as canon law) allows for three godparents of either sex to be appointed. Godparents must have been baptised and be aged over 16. It is preferred, but not essential, that Godparents also be confirmed. Godparents can be family members or friends.
Godparents make the same promises on behalf of the child being baptised as parents. Godparents promise to pray and support the child and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith; thus it is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child's spiritual welfare and who will pray for you and your child. It is an important and responsible role. They should be in a position where they will have a direct influence on the life of their godchild, and be able to lead them to confirmation at the appropriate time.
Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact either:
Telephone (0191) 266 2015
Fr Martin Lee – Vicar