Welcome to the world!

The birth of each child is a unique moment of expectation: new life, new love, new hope. It is right that you want to welcome your little one into the world amongst family and friends, and to seek God’s blessing on his or her life. At its core, this is what baptism is, and it is the Church’s great privilege to give voice to this blessing through baptism — a ritual bath with water, given in the name of the Christian God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are pleased to welcome you.

Is baptism right for us?

Baptism is not simply a rite of welcoming. Baptism brings a person into church membership and thus requires from parents and godparents a declaration of Christian faith and a promise to bring up your child in that faith. These vows are solemn; they hold the same kind of importance as marriage vows, and “are not to be entered into lightly or thoughtlessly”. Once baptised, a person will then be recognised as a part of the church community for the rest of his or her life.

The Churches of the Beechwood Ministry Area truly wish to support you in this decision. Naturally, we understand what a juggling act it is to raise a family, and we know that some will have doubts about committing to regular Sunday worship. That said, in baptism, you are asking us to declare that your child is one of our people, and in return we are asking you, with our support, to honour that declaration in some meaningful way.

That said, we are also not the “church police”: we welcome any child for baptism — God’s grace is given freely — and we understand that a decision to follow up the promises is yours alone to make. However, if you feel, upon reflection, that making these promises is not the right way forward, we are still most happy to offer a thanksgiving service in which the central act will be a public blessing and declaration of God’s unique love for your child.

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