Baptism is a sign of belonging - to God, through his son, Jesus Christ and to his people, the Church.
Baptism is an important step in deciding that you want your child to belong to the family of God. It's the first step on what we hope will be a journey of faith which we pray will become increasingly important to your child.
Before taking on any commitment you need to know what's involved - that applies to baptism as much as to anything else.
You can be baptized at any age; adult baptism is a public declaration, a pledge, of personal faith in Jesus Christ. Adult baptism usually takes place within a service of confirmation over which a bishop will preside. The baptismal promises to turn to Christ, repent of sin, and renounce evil are made by the candidate and the Bishop lays hands on them, praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
At the baptism of a child, the baptismal promises are made on the candidate's behalf by parents and Godparents as the child is welcomed into the family of God.
Parents and Godparents play a central role in the baptism of a child. It is a good idea to check that your chosen Godparents, who must also be baptised, feel able to make the promises before others in public. Traditionally a child has three Godparents although this is not always the case.
If parents or Godparents feel unable at this stage to make the promises and commitments involved, we are pleased to offer as an alternative a service of Thanksgiving.
Baptisms often take place on a Saturday at a time arranged to suit the family and the baptising priest. However, we encourage families to consider having their child baptised at our main service on a Sunday, a reminder that baptism is the means by which we become members of the church.
There are no fees associated with being baptised in either of our churches, but we do invite you to make a donation towards the work of the church in these communities.
Please make contact with Fr David to discuss available dates. Once a date has been agreed, Fr David will arrange to meet you and talk about the baptism service. We encourage you to try and attend the 10.00am church service on at least one Sunday in the weeks running up to your child's baptism.
You can find out more about baptisms by visiting the Church of England's churchofenglandchristenings.org. Whether you are a parent, godparent or guest, this site has information that will help you understand the importance of baptism and the journey that follows.
You can also visit the Church of England website to read more about baptisms.
If you would like to find out more about the work of our parish or our services, please contact our Parish Priest - Fr David Gill...
Tel: 01594 542952
Address: Fr David Gill, The Rectory, The Stenders, Mitcheldean, Glos. Gl17 0HX
The Church of St. Michael & All Angels
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Gloucestershire, GL17 0HU.
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