Baptism is God’s gift of new life in Jesus Christ to those who believe. Being baptized means joining the worldwide Church and becoming a member of the church family here at Holy Cross. We welcome you – adults and children. Baptism services are usually held during the Parish Eucharist at 10 am on Sunday. Children of Christian parents are baptized on the basis of their parents’ faith. Baptism of children requires a real commitment on the part of parents to “draw them by your example into the community of faith and walk with them in the way of Christ” and “to help them take their place within the life and worship of Christ’s Church”. Adults are generally baptised and confirmed at the same time, which means that the bishop is involved in the ceremony. If you would like to find out more please talk to the vicar.
Godparents are chosen by you to help bring up your child in the Christian faith. The Baptism service marks the beginning of their involvement – to be a Godparent is a life-long commitment. So be sure to choose someone who will really care about how your child grows up. Godparents must be baptized themselves – and, ideally, also be confirmed and regular worshippers. There are traditionally three Godparents – two the same sex as the child, and one of the other. There can be more Godparents, but there must always be at least two – one of each sex. Children are normally brought for Baptism in the parish where their parents live and/or worship. If you do not live in this parish you will be asked to show a special connection to the Church of the Holy Cross and to contact your own priest for good will.
The Vicar, Father David Beresford, will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact him at the Vicarage or call at Church any Sunday morning.