Christening

 

 

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first stepin 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, as Jesus was at his 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 baptized walks in that light for the rest of their lives. Hearing, seeing and doing these things gives you a chance to reflect on your own life’s journey. Remember that Jesus said:

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’ John 10.10

 

Baptisms at St Mary’s

At this church we maintain the Church of England’s open policy of baptism, baptising those from within the parish
for whom it is requested.

However, we are mindful that baptism is a precious gift - the act of initiation into the Body of Christ, the Church - and should not be treated casually. To this end we invite anyone seeking baptism for their child to attend a preparation evening at which
issues concerning baptism can be explored. It is only after this that we can confirm arrangements for
baptism. To attend a preparation evening please contact the Administrator at admin@stmarysoldbasing.org.uk

Can my child be baptised at St Mary's?

If you live in Lychpit or Old Basing then you may have your child baptised at St Mary's.
If you live outside the parish and want your child to be baptised here we ask that you have the goodwill of
your own parish priest (Vicar or Rector) of the parish in which you live. We encourage you seriously to
think about having the baptism in the place where you live so that contact with the local church can be
made. You should contact the Administrator admin@stmarysoldbasing.org.uk before making any such
arrangements.

 

Baptism Preparation Evenings

These sessions take place on a regular basis at the church.

When a baptism is booked you are given the date of the forthcoming session. Each session lasts for an hour or so and is a chance for you to meet the priest who will baptise your child and discuss any particular requirements or arrangements that you have. We will discuss the meaning of Baptism, and set it in it's proper place within Christian belief.

This preparation is in addition to what you will read in the pack and many people find it a useful place to
ask questions and to hear the experience of other people.