The Baptism Service and Vows
The baptisms will take place during a special morning service. The service will be in modern language and printed on a sheet for everyone to easily follow.
At the baptism part of the service parents, godparents, and children come to the front.
The Vicar then asks these questions:
Addressing the whole congregation
Faith is the gift of God to his people. In baptism the Lord is adding to our number those whom he is calling. People of God, will you welcome these children and uphold them in their new life in Christ?
With the help of God we will.
Addressing the parents and godparents
Parents and godparents, the Church receives these children with joy. Today we are trusting God for their growth in faith. Will you pray for them, draw them by your example into the community of faith and walk with them in the way of Christ?
With the help of God we will.
In baptism these children begin their journey in faith. You speak for them today. Will you care for them, and help them to take their place within the life and worship of Christ's Church?
With the help of God we will.
In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to a new life with him.
Therefore I ask the parents and godparents:
Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
I reject them.
Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.
Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them.
Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.
Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.
Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ.
The Vicar then prays over the water
The Profession of Faith
The Vicar invites the whole congregation to affirm their common faith in Jesus Christ
with questions and answers -
Do you believe and trust in God the Father ... Son ... Holy Spirit
Each time the congregation replies I believe and trust in him
and we end with
This is the faith of the Church
This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Vicar pours water on each child saying:
I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The signing of the Cross
The Vicar makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of each candidate, saying:
Christ claims you for his own. Receive the sign of the cross.
Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified.
fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ against sin, the world and the devil,
and remain faithful to Christ to the end of your life.
The Vicar prays a blessing on the children who've been baptised.
Welcome and Peace
The Vicar says:
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
by one Spirit we are all baptised into one body.
We welcome you into the Fellowship of faith;
we are children of the same heavenly Father;
we welcome you.
The service continues with prayers and hymns etc. There is a crèche for the younger ones
if required and quiet activity toys at the back of church if the older ones are restless.
The giving of a lighted candle.
Near the end of the service each child is given a lighted candle as a symbol of
the light of faith that has been lit in their lives.
You have received the light of Christ; walk in his light all the days of your life.
Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.
Baptism (or Christening) is not a naming ceremony though traditionally it is linked with the giving of names. This is because in early years when people changed from their old religion (or no religion) to the Christian faith they often chose a new name to show they had been renewed by God's power in Jesus.
The Bible speaks of us becoming new creations when we believe in Jesus and are filled by his spirit. Jesus talked about being born again. A new Christian name emphasised that the person was now one of God's special family of believers in Jesus.
Baptism is the outward sign (sacrament) of what we believe in our hearts. Jesus told us to baptise and be baptised. He 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 lf the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.'
[Matthew 28, 18 -
Jesus was baptised, the twelve Apostles were baptised and all Christian believers since that time have been baptised to show that their faith in Jesus has begun. As whole families became Christians, babies and children were baptised as well as adults.
Why do we need to believe and be baptised?
Because of human selfishness and sin -
difference for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.' [Romans 3, 23]
We cannot 'be good' by our own efforts -
To be put right with God -
prove me guilty of sin?’ [John 8, 46]
He did not deserve to die so when he did God said his death was instead of ours. In this way we are
saved from the judgement that would otherwise be on us.
Jesus was also the first human being to rise from the dead and promised that if we believed and
followed him, we too would rise again after we had died.
To make clear our faith -
and the new power to live our lives which God's Holy Spirit gives to us.
'having been buried with him in baptism and raised
with him through your faith in the power of God,
who raised him from the dead.' [Colossians 2, 12]
People of faith who are baptised
in the name of Jesus enter a door
into loving heart of God
The Vicar is happy to meet interested adults or parents of children to discuss Baptism (Christening) with them.
The information below will help you to understand the meaning and significance of this important rite of the church.
He is also happy to hold a thanksgiving as well as, or instead of, a baptism. This can be especially helpful for those who wish to have the birth of their child recognised before God but are not ready to commit to raising the child as a church goer and Christian.
Baptisms at Crosthwaite Church take place during the main Sunday 10.15 am morning service. Baptism is a rite of entry into the family of God and so it is appropriate that this is done when the family is gathered to celebrate their faith together.
BAPTISM PREPARATION -
This section from Romans sums things up pretty well:
'But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished -
[Romans 3, 21-
Revd Stuart Penny, MA