As Christians we believe that Jesus commands us to be baptised, as a sign of the promise God makes to wash away sins and give new life to all who trust in Christ as Lord and Saviour. That is, He promises forgiveness of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit to anyone who turns to Him in faith. As a Church of England church we baptise (or ‘christen’) the children of Christian families, as well as adults who come to faith later and have never been baptised. Baptisms take place in our main Sunday services at 9.00am, 10.30am and 6.00pm.
There is a short preparation course for those asking to be baptised (and in the case of children, their parents), and adults usually find it helpful to join the Discover course to deepen their faith at the same time. Contact the Vicar for details of baptism and forthcoming preparation courses.
Confirmation is a service the Church of England offers to anyone who has come to faith in Jesus Christ, or who has joined this denomination from another. It is led by a visiting bishop and involves the laying on of hands, with a prayer for each person taking part to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit – the word confirmation means literally “strengthening” from God. The bishop’s role reminds us that when we join a church we are also joining the wider church of all Christians. Anyone can be confirmed who has already been baptised as a child or adult, and we sometimes include baptism and confirmation in the same service.
Confirmation services take place at Christ Church about once a year. Anyone who is interested in being baptised or confirmed at the next service should speak to the Vicar.