BAPTISM

 

We welcome applications for baptism. Please complete an enquiry using the pdf form here. When you click the submit button an email should be opened with the enquiry as an attachment. Please add any further information e.g.preferred timescale and send the email. Baptisms are normally held on the first Sunday morning of the month.

To discuss your enquiry please contact:-

Mrs Anne Butcher, Parish Administrator - office open Monday and Fridays 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.Email: office@sspeterandpaulfareham.org. Telephone: 01329 236003

OR Father Roger Jackson SSC Telephone: 01329 281521 Address: The Vicarage, 22 Harrison Road, Fareham, Hants. PO16 2EJ

In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Anglican Church it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening.

Baptism is a 'sacrament' (holy ritual to symbolise grace) in the Christian tradition that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the river Jordan.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 I am not a regular church attender - will you baptise my child?

Yes, we believe that God's love is available to all. If you wish to have your child baptised please do contact us.

 How much will it cost?

Baptism is free. In baptism, parents are thanking God for his gift of life and making a decision to start their child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support. We believe that God's love is available to all, regardless of their background. If you wish to have your child baptised please do contact us. It is however suggested that you consider whether you can give an offering in thanksgiving to God and to ensure the church is maintained for the future.

 Who can get baptised at St Peter and St Paul?

If you live in the parish or are a regular attender at the church we will be delighted to welcome you for baptism. If you need to find out the Church of England Parish for your home enter your road name and town after clicking this link.

 Can I be baptised as an adult?

Yes, the Church of England baptises both children and adults. Usually adults seeking baptism are encouraged to explore a combined baptism and confirmation. Please contact us to discuss further.

In the Church of England a person can be baptised at any age, but only once. People who wish to repeat their baptismal promises can do so in the ceremony of Confirmation.

 I was baptised by a different church do I need to be re-baptised?

The Church of England recognises all baptisms carried out in Christian churches that recognise the Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

 When do baptisms take place?

Baptisms takes place at a special service normally on the first Sunday of the month at 11.30am (except on bank holidays).

 What will happen prior to and at the baptism?

Prior to the baptism a baptism visitor from the church will visit you to discuss what is involved.

On the day the priest/baptism helpers will make sure you know where to sit and when you need to move. Some parts of the service will be for the whole congregation to join in, some will be for you and the godparents. Part of the baptism service will normally take place at the front of the church, but for the baptism itself, parents and godparents are usually asked by the priest to gather around the font at the back of the church. (The font is a large basin on a pedestal, containing the water for baptism.)

The priest will ask the parents and godparents to make declarations on behalf of the child.

 What do the symbols and actions mean?

A number of important symbols and actions will be used during the service itself:

  • The sign of the cross - the priest will make the sign of the cross on your child's forehead. This is like an invisible badge to show that Christians are united with Christ and must not be ashamed to stand up for their faith in him.
    The priest may also invite you and the godparents to sign the cross on the child's forehead after he has done so.
  • Water - the priest will pour water on your child's head. Water is a sign of washing and cleansing. In baptism it is a sign of being washed free from sin and beginning a new life with God.
    Water is a sign of life, but also a symbol of death. When we are baptised, it is as though our old life is buried in the waters and we are raised to new life with Christ.
  • Anointing - after baptism in water, the priest will anoint him or her with oil. This is a sign of the outpouring of God's Holy Spirit.
  • The welcome - the congregation will say some formal words of welcome to acknowledge that your child has joined the Church and to show how pleased they are to have you among them.
  • Candles - Jesus is the Light of the World. A large candle representing Christ will be lit in the church and you will also be given a lighted candle at the end of the service as a reminder of the light which has come into your child's life.

 How many Godparents are required?

You should have at least three godparents: two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. Godparents can be family members or friends. However, 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.

 What is the role of a Godparent?

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. It is an important and responsible role.

Being a godparent is a special role. It's about helping a child to come to know God, encouraging them in their spiritual life and supporting them in their membership of the local church.

Godparents will be expected to attend the child's baptism, where they will make promises to help to bring them up in the Christian faith.

Being a Godparent is a role that develops over time, as the godchild grows up and develops their own faith.

 What promises are made?

When you bring your child for baptism, you will be asked to declare publicly on behalf of your child that you believe in God and that you will bring your child up to follow Jesus.

You will be asked to answer, on your child's behalf, that you have decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ.

The declarations made by you and the child's godparents will be made in front of the�congregation; the local Christian community will promise to support you and pray for you and your child.