Considering Baptism or
Dedication for your child… 


baptism
 

Considering Baptism or Dedication…

Welcome to Christ Church, and thank you for asking about Baptism or Dedication! This leaflet will help answer any questions you have as you begin to consider what is right for you and for your child.

What is baptism?

The Christian church is described in the Bible as the family of God. Baptism is the sign of entry into a relationship with God, and becoming a part of the church community. So, baptism is not an end in itself, but is really a new beginning. It is suitable if you want your child to be a member of the church, and intend to bring them up in the Christian faith.  

For the service to have any meaning for the church and the family, we therefore expect you as parents to be attending Christ church regularly on Sundays (and we would hope appropriate midweek activities like Carousel, Alpha, etc.) for at least 3-6 months before you and we explore the possibility of baptising your child.  This gives you an opportunity to decide whether to become members of the church family so that together we can help your child grow to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
 

So what happens first?

When a family first attends with a new born child, it is our custom to give thanks to God for the child and to pray God’s blessing on the family.  This is very informal and is called a Thanksgiving, and like baptism, takes place during our 10.30am service.

Please contact the Church Office in the first place on 020 8763 8291 (or email office@christchurchpurley.org.uk) telling us your:
•    Names: parents and child
•    Address: you need to be living in the parish or be attending the church regularly to have a baptism at Christ Church – but we can help you if you are unsure about the parish boundaries, etc.
•    Telephone numbers, email, etc.
•    The names, age and sex of your child.

The Vicar, will then get in touch with you, and arrange a convenient date for a Thanksgiving as appropriate.

What preparation is required?

After the Thanksgiving, we then arrange for Baptism Preparation – normally a couple of members of the congregation who will arrange to visit you in your home over two or three sessions to:
•    Explain the service options: a service of Baptism or Dedication.
•    Go over the service.
•    Explain what the vows and promises mean in practice.
•    Offer support in other ways.
•    Give you an opportunity to any questions that you may have.

We also ask parents to join our next Alpha Course – an introductory course exploring the Christian faith – as a part of the preparation.

The Baptism or Dedication takes place within the normal Sunday morning services so that the church can share the promises made with the parents and godparents to bring their child up within the Christian faith.  Parents and God parents are expect to be able to respond to the word in bold – see the baptism service on the back of this leaflet.  

When is it better not to baptise?

Baptism is not something which should be considered lightly. Because it marks entry into the family of God, it is the start of a long-term commitment. Your child doesn’t need to be baptised to come along to church or to the church’s children’s ministry (Sunday school), or to be married in church. Nor do they have to be baptised as a child, since people of any age can be baptised.

If you are unsure about whether or not you want your child to be Baptised, or do not yet feel able to make the promises contained in the Baptism Service, a Dedication may be most appropriate for you.  Many parents find that this is what they want for their children. We ask for God’s blessing of the child, whilst leaving the decision about baptism for the child to make themselves when they are older.

What next?

Please contact the Church Office in the first place on 020 8763 8291 (or email office@christchurchpurley.org.uk).  We will then get in touch with you and make appropriate arrangements.


 

Summary of the Baptism Service

 

Introduction including:

(To the congregation)  People of God, will you welcome these children/candidates and uphold them in their new life in Christ?
With the help of God, we will.
Parents and godparents, the Church receives these children with joy.  Today we are trusting God for their growth in faith. Will you pray for them, draw them by your example into the community of faith and walk with them in the way of Christ?
With the help of God, we will.
In baptism these children begin their journey in faith. You speak for them today. Will you care for them, and help them to take their place within the life and worship of Christ's Church?
With the help of God, we will.

Decision

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvelous light.  To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.  Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
I reject them.
Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.
Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them.
Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.
Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.
Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ.

Prayer Over The Water

 

Profession Of Faith

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, who made all things?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ, who redeemed the world?
We believe and trust in him.
Do you believe and trust in his Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God?
We believe and trust in him.  
This is the faith of the Church.
This is our faith.  We believe and trust in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Baptism

N, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.