Baptism is the way we join the Christian family and recognise that God is in control of our lives.
In the Church of England we baptise infants, children or adults - it does not matter about your age when you are baptised. If a child is too young to know what is going on, then the parents and Godparents make promises on the child's behalf to bring the infant up as a Christian.
If you are interested in Baptism for yourself or your child a telephone call to the Cornerstone office (B. 664338) will give you more details. Once you have decided to go ahead your details will taken and you will be required to come to a baptism preparation session with others baptism families which are held on Sunday afternoons. You will also be encouraged to bring along Godparents and sponsors. If you are an adult, you are encouraged to join in the training sessions, details of which are on the Training Page.
At this baptism preparation session, the Vicar will go through the practical details of the baptism service and explain what the meaning of baptism. You can then book the date of your baptism.
Thanksgiving for the gift of a child
A Thanksgiving service allows families to thank God for the gift of a child. In the service we give the child his or her name and ask God's blessing on the child. Parents choose special friends to support them, and during the service the supporting friends promise to do all they can to help and encourage the parents and child.
If we want to take on the promises made for us by our Godparents, Confirmation is the next step. You can be confirmed at any age after about 11 years.
Normally you will asked to attend group meetings at which we explore and discuss the Christian faith, and what it means to be a Christian.
Confirmation can only be performed by a Bishop, so they are typically only carried out three or four times a year.