Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19, verse 14); At that hour of the night the jailer took them … then immediately he and all his family were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family. (Acts 16, verses 33 & 34)
“Baptism” and “Christening” are two words that mean exactly the same thing; a wonderful celebration of new beginnings. Christians believe that through baptism God offers his gift of love without limit. Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. Baptism is what Christians call a ‘sacrament’. That means it is a visible sign of God’s love, a genuine way in which God touches and changes our lives.
Baptisms take place during our main Sunday morning services. Anyone with a connection with St Gregory’s or St Michael’s is welcome to bring their children for baptism, or to come to baptism for themselves. You do not have to be a church-goer already, and parents do not have to be baptised theselves, although some choose to get baptised along with their children. Please contact the Vicar, Jeremy Trew, to discuss dates and make arrangements.
Fees: the Baptism service is always free, though of course you are very welcome to make a donation.
What next? … families and children are welcome in all our services, and there are special groups for youngsters as they grow.