The families gather near the back of the church. Each person is given a Baptism Booklet to allow them to take part at every step.
We are going to walk through the main parts of the Baptismal Ceremony. You will find that it really is a walk! It does not all happen at the font.
When you bring your baby for Baptism, you are bringing him/her into into the community of the church. As a new member of that church, the child is welcomed at the door. In this part of the ceremony you are asked for the childâ€™s name, and then about your commitment to the Christian upbringing of this child. We will go to the door now for the welcome.
1. Welcome at the Door Celebrant
What name have you given your child?
What do you ask of Godâ€™s church for N.........?
You have asked to have your child baptised. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep Godâ€™s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?
The Celebrant now addresses the godparents. Are you ready to help the parents of this child in their duty as Christian parents? Godparents: