In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. We are often baptised as babies, though anybody of any age can be baptised.
The baptism usually takes place during a christening service and this marks the beginning of a lifelong journey of faith. During the service promises are made by the person being christened or if too young, the promises are made by the parents and godparents. The congregation also promises to support the child and family.
Baptism is a 'sacrament', symbolising grace. It can be traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the River Jordan.
Support for Baptisms
Church of England Christenings Supporting families whilst exploring Baptism; Before, During and After
What is a Christening? Exploring more about what a Christening means
Church Support Hub Supporting parishes with ideas to download and resources to purchase
Top 10 Facts about Christenings Most frequently asked questions
Preparation, the Service and Following-up
Enabling Families to Connect Some ideas to help make the service engaging and accessible
A Mission Opportunity Support for leaders
Baptism Visits A step-by-step guide from the start of a Baptism request into the future
Baptism Support Roles An outline of the roles of Baptism Co-ordinators, Visitors and Companions
The Invaluable Nature of Godparents A pack to explore the importance of Godparents
Godparent Card An example of a card that could be given to Godparents at the Christening
Ideas for Godparents Some ideas for Godparents to be more involved in the spiritual nature of children
Early Years and Toddlers
June is the month for praying for toddlers
We are encouraging churches across the diocese to support the month of prayer nationally for Toddler Groups and their families.
More support here: http://www.leeds.anglican.org/children-youth-support
All toddler and early years leaders are invited to a gathering at St Mark's Harrogate on June 12. Find out more here