Baptisms

All those who live within the parish of St Andrew’s are entitled to be baptised in the church. If you wish to know if you live within the parish boundaries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What is Baptism?

In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, deciding 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 and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Baptism is a 'sacrament': a visible sign of God's love. In baptism, we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love.

Making Decisions and Promises

When you bring your child for baptism, you will be asked to declare publicly on behalf of your child that you believe in God and that you will bring your child up to follow Jesus.

You will be asked to answer on your child's behalf that you have decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and to turn instead towards Christ.

The declarations made by you and the child's godparents will be made in front of the church congregation. The Christian community will promise to support you and pray for you and your child.

The Role of Godparents

Godparents make the same promises on behalf of the child being baptised as parents. Godparents promise to pray and support the child and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith. It is an important and responsible role.

You should have at least three godparents: generally, common practice is that two will be the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. Godparents can be family members or friends, but it is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child's spiritual welfare and who will pray for you and your child. However, they will need to have been baptised themselves.