What is Baptism? (also known as Christening)

“Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. … The service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross … ‘drowning’ in the water of Baptism … Water is also a sign of new life. …This reminds us of Jesus’ Baptism”.

These words from the Introduction to the Baptism Service remind us of the joy, the promises, the community participation and the pictures involved in Baptism. We hold Baptisms during our services so that the church family can join in and renew our promises with you. We hold Preparation sessions so that you can understand the promises you will be making.

What next?

We are really glad that you have enquired about Baptism at one of the Church of England Churches in Horley. This page gives you some basic information about Baptism and how we can help you get ready. Your first point of contact will probably be the Parish Office, but any of our clergy will be very happy to talk about Baptism with you, so please do contact them if you wish.

As an alternative to Baptism we also offer a ‘Service of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child’ and a ‘Service of Dedication’ which the Clergy can discuss with you during the Baptism preparation.

Baptism is a very special and most revenent occasion.  We ask that during the service no photgraphs are taken, mobile phones are switched to "silent". There is no need to applaud following hymns.

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