Life events happen to all of us. From our own baptisms, celebrating our union with our partners through the sanctity of marriage, the baptism of our children and to the days when we say goodbye to loved ones, faith plays a significant role in helping us to celebrate for to cope with loss.
We at St Giles are here to help you through these big events.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
Baptisms at St Giles
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the
rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. It is an amazing
event in which normal everyday things like water are symbols of joining the
Body of Christ, the Church, and entering into eternal life. It is power stuff.
In the waters of baptism we are united to Christ’s dying and rising again; we
are born again by water and the Spirit. In baptism we are also given a lighted
candle, a sign that we are called to be lights in the world, speaking out for
God in the world. Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of
Jesus said: "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (The Gospel according to St John 10.10)
If you are thinking of a Baptism at St Giles we ask that you come to church on a Tuesday evening, between 6.15pm and 7.00pm, to have an initial chat with the team.
At the initial meeting a provisional date for the baptism will be booked. This booking is dependent upon you coming along to worship on a Sunday morning at the 10.30 Parish Eucharist at least twice near the time of the booking (you are of course welcome to come more than this and we’d be delighted if you did).
It is also dependent upon us arranging a chat at which Fr John or a trained member of the congregation who will explain the meaning of Baptism and the way the service will work. This will be helpful as it will hopefully give you some familiarity with the service beforehand.
The actual Baptism will take place in our main service on a Sunday, the Parish Eucharist, at 10.30am on the first Sunday of a month. This will give the congregation at St Giles an opportunity to welcome your child into the family of God, and for your guests to meet with them.
We greatly look forward to helping you take this important step for your child and your family.
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