Baptism takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service, parents thank God for His gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and Godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family. For your child, being baptized at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.
Confirmation is an important part of our faith journey. It is closely linked to the Biblical practice of ‘laying on of hands’, when hands were placed in prayer on the heads of Christian believers. During the Confirmation, the Bishop places their hands on the candidate’s head and prays that the Holy Spirit, received at Baptism, will release in the candidate the gifts needed to serve the Church and the world. This is a way of confirming and taking on responsibility for the vows made on the candidate’s behalf at infant baptism by parents and Godparents. In churches all across the Diocese young people and adults of all ages are choosing to demonstrate their faith to the church and to their friends by being confirmed. Our parish runs an informal course for its confirmation candidates, usually one for adults and one for young people. Sometimes, adult candidates are prepared individually.
Please contact the church to discuss both Baptism and Confirmation in more detail.