Baptism for Adults, Young People & Children
At St John's baptism isn't just about wetting the baby's head, although child baptism is also a big part of our church. If you are mature enough to make your own decisions and you've decided you'd like to be baptized, then we're here to support you through this amazing transformation. You may have been going to church for a while and want to make a more definite commitment in terms of your Christian faith. For adults and young people, baptism usually takes place shortly before, or at the same time, as confirmation. Confirmation is the service when those who have previously been baptized affirm those promises and are specially prayed for by a Bishop.
What is baptism?
Baptism is a response to God's love - a desire and a commitment to respond to God's call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God's people.
Preparation for baptism
We will probably suggest that you prepare for your baptism by reading a relevant book or by attending meetings or events in the church that will help you think about this new beginning. We offer a short course to prepare for baptism and confirmation.
The baptism service
The baptism service is similar to the service for both adults and children although adults make the decision and the promises for themselves and there is no role required for parents or godparents (who make decisions and promises on behalf of a child).
Adults may decide to have supporting friends or 'sponsors' - this can be anyone who wishes to encourage you in your Christian faith. It may be a friend or someone in your family and you may have more than one person if you wish.
During this joyous and moving service, you will have a small amount of water poured on your head.