Baptism (sometimes known as ‘Christening’)
In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Anglican Church it is common to baptism young children; this is sometimes known, outside the church, 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.
“I’d like to have my child baptised”
We’re delighted you’re thinking of baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.
In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church’s support.
For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.
“In these difficult times of boom and bust every responsible parent wants the best for their children. But what more can we do for our children? What part can God play in their upbringing? Will He be with them and help them if we ask him?
“At Bishop Ridley Church, we offer everyone the opportunity to find out more about what it means to be a Christian, and to know Jesus in their life. As part of that journey of discovery in life, we encourage parents to bring their children to be baptised.
“Many of us at Bishop Ridley have been through and are going through the process of bringing up children. To bring up a child with a bigger family around us, can be a great help and support as we face the difficulties that arise in life. Through prayer and with Jesus, you will not feel alone. You may well be surprised at the likeminded people within our Church family and wonder why you have left it for so long!
If you live in Falconwood and have just had a baby, or maybe you have a child at Bishop Ridley School, the Babes and Toddlers Group, or in the uniformed groups, and you would like to find out more about what it means to have your child baptised (or be baptised yourself), then please contact the Church Office.
Another ideal way to find out more about baptism, Church and Jesus is to come to our Sunday morning service at 10.30am – you will be very welcome and will probably recognise many local people and neighbours!