Whether you have a new baby, or your child is a bit older, we will pleased to welcome your family at Saint John’s for a Baptism (often called Christening).
It’s very easy to arrange a Baptism at Saint John’s – just pop into our Parish Office hour, which is held at the Church every Saturday between 11:00 am and midday.
When does the Baptism happen?
Baptisms usually take place on a Sunday, either during our main Parish Mass at 10:00 am or at a special service at 12:30 pm. If there is a reason why that would not be appropriate for your family, we can arrange them at other times too (e.g. Saturdays) – so please ask.
Do I have to be a Churchgoer?
No. If you live in Forton, you have the right by law to have your child Baptised at Saint John’s. Of course, if you would like to come to Church before (or after!) the big day, we’d love to see you!
Do I have to be a Christian?
At a Baptism, parents and godparents make specific promises to bring up their child in the Christian faith. That doesn’t mean that you have to spend your whole life in Church or join the flower rota. But it does mean that you should try to teach your children right from wrong, and create a loving atmosphere in your home (because “where love is, God is there”). If you do not believe in God, or you are not prepared to make those promises for your child, then Baptism would not be appropriate for your family. You might want to consider a service of thanksgiving for your child instead (see below).
How much does it cost?
Nothing – it’s free. (Though if you want to make a donation, we won’t say no…!)
What about Godparents?
Every child being Baptised needs to have at least one Godparent. Godparents promise to help parents bring up their children in the Christian faith. It’s traditional to choose three Godparents for each child, but you can have more (or fewer) if you wish. Anyone who wishes to act as a Godparent must have been Baptised themselves, and must be willing to make the promises asked of them.
Can we have a naming or dedication ceremony instead?
Yes. Even if you feel a Baptism would not be right for your family, you can still celebrate in Church. We would be happy to arrange for a special service of thanksgiving for your child. Come to the Parish Office hour and have a chat with Mother Carrie.