Baptisms

We’d be glad to explore with you the possibility of baptism (sometimes called ‘christening’) for your child or children.

Baptism is a wonderful way of giving thanks for the gift of a new life. Even more, it is the way in which this new life can be welcomed into the life of the Church. In the Richmond Team Ministry we express this by celebrating baptisms within our regular Sunday services, when the People of God are gathered, on certain Sundays in the year (see below).

If you are considering baptism for your child or children – and you live in our parish or worship at one of our churches – one of our parish staff will be in touch to visit you so that we can discuss what is a very important decision, and so that you can ask any questions you may have. There are details below of how to make contact.

If you are not a regular worshipper at one of our churches, please join us on at least one Sunday before we visit you. Then you will have a good sense of the context in which the baptism might take place. For people coming with little ones the best services are:

  • St John the Divine, St John’s Road  11.00
  • St Mary Magdalene, Paradise Road 09.30
  • St Matthias, Friars Stile Road 09.30

Godparents  Some people ask advice about godparents. It is much more important to have the right people than the right number (and not too many – four should be the maximum). A key consideration is how they feel about the promises which you and the godparents will make. They follow this or a similar form:

Parents and godparents, the Church receives [your child] with joy. Today we are trusting God for her growth in faith.

Will you pray for her, draw her by your example into the community of faith and walk with her in the way of Christ? With the help of God, we will.

In baptism [your child] begins his journey in faith. You speak for him today.

Will you care for him, and help him to take his place within the life and worship of Christ’s Church? With the help of God, we will.

In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.
Therefore I ask:

Do you turn to Christ? I turn to Christ.

Do you repent of your sins? I repent of my sins.

Do you renounce evil? I renounce evil.

Then, together with the whole congregation:

Brothers and sisters, let us profess the faith of the Church.

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life,
the one for whom we exist? I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature,
died for us and rose again? I believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world? I believe and trust in him.

As you see, Baptism makes most sense as part of a continuing engagement in the worshipping life of the church. We shall be happy to explore this, and any questions you may have, when we visit.

Baptism Dates:  Please get in touch with Tina Roberts, our parish administrator, to talk about baptism, or telephone her on 020 8940 0362