Can I have my child baptised at St John's?
Yes. In the first instance why not simply telephone the church office on 01405 766058 and speak to our baptism minister Graham – or email email@example.com
Otherwise bookings are usually taken in church on the first and third Monday evenings of the month (excluding bank holidays) between 7.00pm and 8.00pm in the church vestry. (As you come through the church gate take the path to the right and the vestry door is on your left.)
We would encourage you to have your children baptised at St John's. If you live outside of the parish boundary, we will also encourage you to consider your local church as it enables you and child to establish the friendships and contacts that are so important at this stage.
At the baptism of your child you, as parents, are making a public decision to start him/her on the journey of faith, asking for the church's support. 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.
Baptisms will usually be on the second and fourth Sundays of the month at 2pm. We invite parents (and godparents if possible) to attend baptism preparation beforehand where we outline the promises that you will be making and give you the opportunity to have your questions answered.
We also offer a service of blessing and thanksgiving for the gift of your child. Baptism can follow later if either you or your child wants to make a commitment of faith.
Can I be baptised at St John's?
We can baptise adults by full immersion. Beforehand, we would love to invite you to come along to an Alpha course. Baptism is an amazing act of obedience, a public declaration of your faith in Jesus, a symbol of dying to your old life, and a resurrection into the new.