We love Baptisms!
Baptisms are a sign of growth in the Kingdom of God. Naturally, the Vicar will help in preparing for this big day and for the journey it begins as a friend or disciple of Jesus.
It is customary for children to be baptised in their first few months of life. They will need sponsors (parents or God-parents) willing to support and encourage them.
We urge parents to read our Baptism Application and Information form. This gives an overview of Baptism, including who can be a God-parent, and answers frequently asked questions.
Baptism (or 'Christening') at St Silas is normally celebrated as part of our 9:30am Sunday Service. Baptism at other times or a Private Baptism can be arranged with the Vicar. Before the appointed day, the Vicar will assist with preparation, instruction, and happily answer any questions.
WHAT IS BAPTISM?
Baptism is a simple ceremony of washing in water, practised by Christians since the time of Jesus.
It is a sign of faith in Jesus Christ our Lord, and symbolises Jesus' own death and resurrection . Those who ask for Baptism recognise that their standing with God depends on what Jesus did for them by his dying and rising again. All who are baptised are received into the family of the Christian Church.
From one point of view, Baptism represents what God does for us - He gives us a new birth by his Holy Spirit. This is what we pray for when we are baptised. The one essential thing on the part of the person being baptised is sincere faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, which in the case of infants is expressed by their sponsors.
Please remember, to confirm the date and other details with Reverend Sophie before sending invitations to guests.