If you want to find out about baptism (or christening) for a baby, please contact the vicar as soon as possible.  Don’t fix the date until you have talked to him.

We want to encourage people who want to bring their children to church, and we shall be very happy to explain to you the different options, one of which is a service of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child, which includes naming the child, giving thanks for her or him, and praying for the whole family.

Nailing your colours to the mast

From November 2011 Parish Magazine

The battle of Camperdown was fought on 11th October 1797 between a Royal Navy fleet under Admiral Duncan and a Dutch navy fleet under Vice-Admiral Jan de Winter. At the height of the battle the colours of HMS Venerable were brought down by cannon fire. To avoid giving the appearance that they had surrendered, a sailor named Jack Crawford scrambled to the top of the mainmast and nailed up the colours. Once that had been done there was no question of surrender!

Being baptized is like nailing your colours to the mast as a Christian. It is something Jesus told his followers to do, and it is a way in which he assures us of his acceptance of us, and particularly his promise to wash away all our sin.

Because it has been the custom to baptize the children of Christian parents, many people associate baptism with babies, but it is emphatically not a baby thing.

Its meaning can only be understood by thinking of the first followers of Jesus who were baptized when they heard the good news to show that they wanted to sign up as his disciples and receive the forgiveness he offered.

So it is right and proper that adults who come to believe in Christ should be baptized.

But what about those who were baptized as babies?

Although the Bible does not specify a ceremony to be used in this way, confirmation is a very appropriate way in which those who were baptized as babies can ‘nail their colours to the mast’, and say, Yes, now I believe that for myself.

It is also customarily seen as the gateway to receiving Holy Communion.

The practice is that it is administered by a bishop.

If you are interested in the possibility of being baptized or confirmed, please let me know as soon as possible. You can do so without any obligation. There will be preparation groups, appropriate to the needs of those who are taking part.

As far as young people are concerned, the youngest possible age would be Year 8.