Each parish church offers baptism (sometimes called christening) to all living within the parish.
During the service the baptism candidate (or their parents and godparents) makes public promises of Christian faith and commitment with implications for the years to come. It is a requirement of the Church England that godparents are themselves baptised.
We are happy to offer baptism to both adults and children. Adults will be invited to involve themselves in some preparation for their baptism, where as babies and small children rely upon their parents and godparents to provide them with the support and encouragement they need. The Church understands that godparents will nurture the seed of faith sown in the child at baptism and asks that they will act as a guide and role model in the years to come. Please click on ‘A Kiss from Jesus’ for our baptism leaflet.
If you bring children for baptism we ask that you attend two of our family services, one before, one after baptism. Our family service, called ‘Third Sunday’ is on the third Sunday of each month and is an informal service particularly suited to families and children. Baptism is the beginning of a relationship with your parish church; you are warmly welcomed into our church family.
If you would like to find out more about a service of baptism, or who can be a godparent please contact either the Rev Caryll Brown or Rev Varlie Sheldrake (http://harlingunitedbenefice.org.uk/whoswho). We would love to hear from you.
If you decide to proceed with a service, you will meet with the Rector to decide the date and time of the baptism. There is no statutory fee for baptism, but we ask that you make a donation that goes towards the life and maintenance of your parish church.