Christenings and Baptisms
In the New Testament we read how people came to faith and were baptised to symbolise their new life as followers of Christ. All four gospels tell us Jesus himself was baptised in the River Jordan and the spirit of God descended on him like a dove and a voice from heaven said; “This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
In baptism a person becomes part of the family of God, adopted into the family of Christ. Before fonts were used for baptisms the person would be dipped into a river, going under the water completely before being raised out of the river. In this way, baptism mirrored the death and resurrection of Christ.
The christening of a child or an adult choosing to be baptised are significant moments and are a great opportunity for your church to celebrate and support people who are new to faith (or making a recommitment of some sort).
What can our church do to help?
If you're passionate about baptism and all the opportunities it brings for engaging with families why not:
- Get your PCC to think through how you could improve what you offer to baptism families, for example a card on the first five anniversaries of each child’s baptism. The Mothers' Union have some particularly good cards to help you do this
- Invite families every term to special events e.g. the annual crib service, a summer picnic, a Christian puppet show and so on
- If you don’t already have a baptism visiting team or a baptism pack, think about creating one and look out for training opportunities on this.
The Church Support Hub
These web pages are a key resource for you and your church make the most of this occasion. Click here to visit the Church Support Hub.