Holy Baptism at TWURC

Baptism Policy

Infant Baptism
This applies to all parents (members / non-members) seeking the baptism of their child.
1. Baptism application forms must be completed. Usually this will be done when the Minister meets the parents to arrange a date and to discuss the service.
2. At least one parent should have been baptized.
3. The parents / god-parents (if applicable and where possible) of the child will be required to attend a baptism preparation evening to explore what baptism means and to understand the promises made in the service. This is normally a single session.
4. The parents of the child will be encouraged to attend Church in the period prior to the date of the baptism.
5. A Church Friend will be appointed to the child and will be present when the parents and the Church make their baptismal promises. It is the duty of the Church Friend to maintain pastoral relations with the family, to show, in all the ways which occur to them, through their friendship, the friendship of Jesus and the Church.
6. Baptisms should take place at morning worship. “Private” baptisms will only be considered under special circumstances.
7. There is no fee, but parents should consider making a gift to the Church as a thank-offering.
8. The certificate of baptism and baptismal candle will be presented during the service.

Believer Baptism
1. Baptism application forms must be completed. Usually this will be done when the Minister meets the candidate to arrange a date and to discuss the service.
2. The candidate will be required to attend a baptism preparation course to explore what baptism means and to understand the promises made in the service. This is normally a single session.
3. For adults who have been baptized as a child, the Church offers a service of renewal of baptism vows without water.
4. For adults who have not been baptized before, the Church offers baptism by sprinkling, pouring, or immersion (can be arranged).

Service of Thanksgiving
1. For the parents who feel unable to attend Church, baptism preparation course, or make the baptismal vows for any reason, the Church offers a Service of Thanksgiving. This is similar in format to the baptism service but without godparents and promises.

The Baptism of Babies

Here we answer some popular questions about the baptism of babies at our church.

[1] What is Baptism?
Simply put, "Baptism” is the ceremony in which people of any age declare their Christian faith and join the Christian Church. The Church is often thought to be the local building where the ceremony takes place, but the Church is properly the name for the gathering of the people who follow Jesus Christ, that is Christ-ians. The Church is the world-wide community you join when you become a Christian. Whether you are aged 6 months or 80 years, baptism is the ceremony that witnesses to your trust in Jesus, your willingness to belong to him and your dedication to live like him.
[2] Is it the same as Christening?
Yes. A baptism is a Christening because it centres on Christ. A baby can’t make the promises to God, but relevant adults can do this for the baby, provided that they are Christians. Christening is simply another way of saying what happens: as a sign of belief, in baby baptism, parents and Godparents are asked to state their own Christian faith and to promise to bring up the child in the Church. The Church also expresses its faith and accepts a responsibility to help the child grow up in the Christian Faith.
[3] Baby baptism is special.
Parents & Godparents declare their faith and make promises to God. Parents also promise to pray for and teach their child about Jesus and to bring the child to Sunday worship. Godparents also promise to pray for the baby and to support his/her family as they are able. False promises make God sad, and are bad for children. Because of this TWURC is reluctant to baptise children whose parents are not willing to keep their promises to God. So, we offer an:-

Act of Thanksgiving for God’s Gift of Your Child
In the setting of Sunday AM worship to dedicate you as the parents, and any sponsors for the child; ask you to make promises of love and care for the child and then specially bless the child in the general care of God.

For more information call the church on 01902 754383
or the Minister on 01902 564235


 
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