Baptism is sometimes called a christening. It is a visible sign of God’s love for us and a means of receiving His help to live a Christian life. It marks a new start: a decision to follow Jesus Christ within the family of the Church.
Whether you are thinking about being baptised yourself, or bringing a child to be baptised, we’d love to talk to you about this celebration of new Christian life. As it is about being part of a church community we encourage you to come along to some of the services.
For infants, baptism is the start of your child’s exciting journey in the Christian faith and we are here to help you as you prepare for this important step and for the commitments you will be asked to make on behalf of your child.
For some parents, a thanksgiving service is often more suitable; for example if you feel that you are not able to make the baptism promises, but still want to thank God for the gift of your child.
To help you decide if baptism is the right option for you at this time, you might like to think about what your response would be to the following statements:
“I have a faith in Jesus Christ, or I am serious about exploring the Christian faith in more detail.”
“I intend to bring my child to church*, so that together we can be part of the church family.”
(*This might be Sunday services or our midweek ABC Toddler Church services)
If you feel you could say ‘yes’ to both these statements, then baptism might be the right way forward. If you’re not sure, or you don’t feel quite ready to make these kind of promises and you want to give it some more thought, then you might like to consider a thanksgiving service at this point in time. This would not prevent you considering baptism at some point in the future.
Please read through our Baptism and Thanksgiving leaflet, which will explain more about these different kinds of services and help you decide which is right for you.
If you decide on baptism, then we offer a short baptism course. This is in the series of preparation evenings with a chance to ask questions with others considering baptism and explore different elements of the baptism service and the baptism promises. We have around six pre-scheduled dates for baptisms throughout the year, with preparation sessions usually the month before. Baptisms take place within the Sunday services.
There are no formal preparation sessions required before a thanksgiving service, but if you would like some form of preparation we would be very happy to arrange this. It is possible to offer a thanksgiving either during or after the Sunday morning services.
For adults, baptism is a means of declaring your commitment to God and your decision to live His way, and a means of receiving his grace for the journey ahead.
At Busbridge&Hambledon we usually offer to baptise adults by full immersion.
We cannot re-baptise someone who has already been baptised as an infant, but you can re-affirm your baptism promises in a special service and/or we would encourage you to confirm these promises in a Confirmation service.
Preparation for adult baptism or for confirmation would usually involve attending something like one of our Alpha courses, or similar, together with some specific preparation for the service itself and we’d be very happy to talk to you about these and answer any other questions you have.
If you would like to find out more about adult or infant baptism, or about confirmation, then please contact the church office or phone 01483 421267.