Baptism


Baptism in St Leonard's Church

At Baptism a person becomes a member of the Christian community, a follower of Jesus Christ. Indeed the word 'christening', with the word 'Christ' in it, is the popular name for the ceremony. Both adults and children are baptised at St Leonard's, but if the candidate is a baby or child, the parents and godparents make the promises on their behalf. The most important outward sign in the ceremony is the pouring of water, standing for cleansing and new life. Baptism is the beginning of the Christian journey for the baby or adult. It is a time of celebration and joy for the candidate, the family and the people in the church who offer a warm welcome.

Times for Baptism

Baptisms are usually on the first Sunday of each month at 12.15pm when two families can be booked in. Each family is then invited to return to one of our other services where the new Christian will be welcomed and given a candle as a sign of the light of Christ which they now carry into the world.

Arranging a Baptism

Come and see us any Monday evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm in the church vestry. There is no need to make an appointment. One of the clergy will be very pleased to see you. They will take details and talk to you about the procedure and the commitment. With your permission they will try to visit you at home for a meeting and the chance for you to ask questions.

Candle-giving ceremony

Each person baptised is given a candle representing the light of Christ as a reminder of their baptism. This can take place at any of our other services:

  • New Horizons all-age service on the second Sunday of the month at 10am in the Community Centre
  • Messy Church on the last Sunday of the month at 4-6pm in the Community Centre
  • Parish Communion on most Sundays at 10am in church

Receive the light of Christ; walk in this light all the days of your life.

Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God the Father.