Through Baptisms or Christenings, people enter the Christian faith and begin a new life with God. During the service those to be baptised are brought to the font where the blessed water is poured three times over the person’s head in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

It is through the waters of the font that all Christians share in Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection and receiving the promise of eternal life. The baptism service is full of symbols emphasising this new life with the use of oil and a lighted candle in addition to the water. At St Thomas’ baptism is normally celebrated on a Sunday morning as part of the 10.00 Sung Mass although other times are available.

While many people are baptised as babies, there is no upper age limit as to when we can receive this important sacrament, although for adults it is good to consider receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at the same time so that they can go on to receive Holy Communion.

Godparents need to be chosen with care as they are called upon to make serious promises and declarations on behalf of the child being baptised. They must be baptised members of a Christian church. Not every family finds it easy to find enough people to be godparents so please do discuss your situation with the Vicar or a member of the baptism team.

To request more details, please contact the administration office on 01277 201094.

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