“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. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church.
The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ's death for us. Our 'drowning' in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ's dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit. This reminds us of Jesus' baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there may be a lighted candle, a picture of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of their lives.” (Common Worship,2000).
Baptisms take place within the Sunday Mass and monthly at 10.00am on a Saturday alternating between St Mary Magdalene, Altofts and St Luke the Evangelist, Sharlston as follows.
Saturday 1 September 2018 St Luke the Evangelist, Sharlston
Saturday 13 October 2018 St Mary Magdalene Altofts
Saturday 10 November 2018 St Luke the Evangelist, Sharlston
10.00am Saturday 12 January 2019 St Mary Magdalene, Altofts
10.00am Saturday 9 February 2019 St Luke the Evangelist, Sharlston
10.00am Saturday 2 March 2019 St Mary Magdalene, Altofts
10.00am Saturday 18 May 2019 St Luke the Evangelist, Sharlston
10.00am Saturday 8 June 2019 St Mary Magdalene, Altofts
10.00am Saturday 6 July 2019 St Luke the Evangelist, Sharlston
10.00am Saturday 10 August 2019 St Mary Magdalene, Altofts
10.00am Saturday 14 September 2019 St Luke the Evangelist, Sharlston
10.00am Saturday 12 October 2019 St Mary Magdalene, Altofts
10.00am Saturday 9 November 2019 St Luke the Evangelist, Sharlston
If you would like to enquire about a baptism we ask that both parents come along to any service to meet with the vicar.
Baptism is available in the parish in which the baptism candidate resides or regularly attends worship. If the candidate does not reside or worship in the parish in which the baptism is sought then written permission is needed from the priest of the parish in which candidate does reside. Permission from the parish priest in which the baptism is requested is also needed. To check which parish the candidate resides visit www.achurchnearyou.com
See a step by step guide to the Church of England baptism service at https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/stepbystep/
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