In the name of the Father
And the Son
And the Holy Spirit
In baptism we are all welcomed into one family
Baptism (also known as "Christening") marks a new stage of a person's faith journey and is an announcement of the belief in the love Jesus Christ. It is one of the most important days for a Christian as it is the day we make a choice that will shape the rest of our lives. It is also a great day for parents, godparents, sponsors and the wider church community as we get to welcome a new church family member! Watching someone be baptised reminds them of the promises they have made and give an opportunity to think about their Christian journeys so far.
The service is full of symbols that remind us of Jesus' life and what we can expect from following him. The sign of the cross reminds us that we are part of Jesus' family. The water of baptism marks how we are raised to new life as we are born again in the spirit. The candle that is given to the person baptised reminds us of the light of Christ guiding us through our lives. Everyone who has been baptized walks in that light for the rest of their lives.
There is no age limit on a baptism and we welcome both adult and child baptisms at St Barnabas.
Baptism or Blessing?
Some parents or guardians may want a special event to celebrate the arrival of a new child (it's a pretty important moment after all!) but may be less sure about what they believe or may not want to make such an important decision on their child's behalf. This is ok, and if this is you, you may want to consider whether you may prefer a blessing. A blessing service is similar to a baptism in that the vicar or minister will celebrate with you by giving thanks for your child and praying for them. The service can take place in church, or it could take place in another venue.. It's a great way to welcome a new member of the family.
A confirmation is a service where a person who has already been baptised confirms the promises that were made when they were baptised. If a person was baptised as a child, these promises were said by parents or Godparents and it is a chance to make the decision for themselves. The service usually takes place in Gloucester Cathedral with others who are ready to make that promise and you will have some sessions with the vicar beforehand to prepare you. If you are thinking about whether confirmation may be right for you, get in touch with Rev Sarah, who will be happy to chat to you about it.
There have been a few changes to baptisms due to Covid-19. Social distancing measures are in place in the church building and there is now a requirement for individuals to wear masks inside. There is a maximum of 30 people permitted in the building, including the vicar and any other church volunteers required for the service to take place. Get in touch with Rev Sarah if you would like to discuss any of this or email the church office. We are working making it possible to live stream baptisms so that more people can take part virtually. Hopefully we will have more news about this soon!
What to expect
Find out what the service will look like and what you can expect both before and after the day
Godparents have a really important role in a baptism and in supporting the individuals lifelong faith. Find out what it means to be a Godparent
When should someone be baptised?
There are lots of different opinions on when is the right time to be baptised. Explore some of these here to find out if baptism is right for you or for your child.
Do I need to be baptised for my child to be?
Baptisms can seem daunting for those who aren't familiar with the Church or who have heard conflicting advice. Parents don't need to be baptised in order for their children to be. Read on to see what the requirements are.
Are baptisms and christenings different?
Short answer is no! Baptisms and christenings are the same thing with different names
Am I ready to be confirmed?
There is no easy answer to this! We suggest that you spend some time praying on your own or with other people to decide whether this is right for you. All of our leadership team are happy to help you work this one out.