Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Baptism (sometimes called christening) is a joyful occasion and one which we greatly value at St Swithin’s. Baptism is a sign of initiation into the Christian faith, and marks the desire to turn away from darkness and to make a new start with God - of beginning the journey of friendship with Jesus and of seeking to walk with him. When we are baptised (or if we bring our child for baptism), we make public promises of commitment to follow God, and thus baptism is a vital part of our Christian discipleship and a sign that we (or our child) wish to join the family of the church.
For some families of young children, they want to wait to let their child make their own decision to follow Jesus and be baptised. For others they want to mark the birth of their child but do not feel comfortable making promises to God or committing to belong to the church. So for those who wish it, we also offer a service of dedication or thanksgiving for the gift of a child.
Infant baptisms and thanksgiving services for the gift of a child take place at our 10am service throughout the year. We baptise adults by full immersion (or sprinkling if preferred) each year as part of our Easter Sunday celebrations. We also welcome any who wish to renew their baptismal vows at this service.
If you are interested in baptism or thanksgiving services, please contact one of the clergy team.