Baptism is the rite through which a person becomes
a member of the Christian Church.
At Holy Trinity, we welcome enquiries for the
baptism of people of any age, and seek to support the newly baptized as they
grow in the Christian faith.
For a teenager or an adult to be baptized, they
should have a reasonable grasp of Christian faith and also be attending church
regularly. Normally they will be Confirmed either at the same service or shortly
afterwards. Please Click here to view the Church of England website for
additional information Babies and younger children are baptized on the clear
understanding that they will be brought up as Christians within the family of
the Church - their parents and godparents promise to undertake this
responsibility, helped and supported by the Church.
A recent Baptism may be viewed by clicking here . The first 30 seconds or so is an audio introduction, after which the video will play (please select open or save, to play the video in your local media player in .mp4 format).
Please also discuss the options for baptism with a member of the clergy. Contact numbers and addresses are given here.
Baptisms take Place ?
Baptism properly belongs in the main worship of the
church, but because of the numbers involved, it sometimes takes place at 12.30pm
or 2.30pm on a Sunday.
Can I choose
to have my Child Baptized at Holy Trinity ?
If the child lives within the parish boundaries, he
or she has the right to be baptized at Holy Trinity, once preparation has taken
place. This normally involves one of the clergy meeting with the parents (and if
possible, the godparents) to explain the significance of the service and the
promises which will be made. However, if the child is to be brought up as a
Christian, attendance at church should also be a normal part of his or her
upbringing, and this should start at the earliest possible age.
If the child lives outside the parish boundaries
but the parents worship regularly at Holy Trinity, they will already have
applied for their names to be entered on the church's Electoral Roll of members,
and the same arrangements will then apply.
Otherwise if the child lives outside the parish,
baptism would only be considered at Holy Trinity if exceptional circumstances
apply, such as a strong and clear family link with the church. Also, the parents
would be asked to obtain the goodwill of their own parish priest before
arrangements are made.
expected after the Baptism ?
Baptism is the first step of the Christian journey; not something to get 'done' and then forget about, but something which needs to be built on throughout life. Just as we ensure our children learn intellectually through teaching and experience, so we must ensure proper teaching about and experience of what it means to be a follower of Jesus every day. That is primarily the responsibility of parents and godparents, and the Church seeks to help and support as much as possible.
The meaning of confirmation
Confirmation was originally part of a wider
ceremony of Christian initiation and only became a separate rite when bishops
were no longer able to preside at all baptisms.
As a separate rite, confirmation marks the point in
the Christian journey at which the participation in the life of Godís people
which began at baptism is confirmed by the bishop. It is also when those who
have been baptised affirm for themselves the faith into which they have been
baptised and their intention to live a life of responsible and committed
discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming
bishop, the Church also asks God to give them power through the Holy Spirit to
enable them to live in this way.
When confirmation is part of a combined rite
including adult baptism it has a slightly different significance. In this case,
as in the traditional Western service of initiation, the confirmation element
signifies the gift of the Holy Spirit following on from baptism in water. The
biblical model for this is Christís own baptism in which, the gospels tell us,
the Spirit descended on Him when He came up out of the water after having been
baptised by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:16-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John
different confirmation services in the Church of England.
As in the case of baptism, there are two types of
confirmation service in the Church of England, those that follow the
confirmation service in The Book of Common Prayer and those that use the pattern
of confirmation service contained in Common Worship.
Most confirmation services today follow the Common
The text of the Common Worship Confirmation
service is available on this website.
3. The Age
Anyone may be confirmed who has been baptised, who
is old enough to answer responsibly for themselves, and who has received
appropriate preparation. In the Church of England it has been traditional for
people to be confirmed in their early teens, but there is no set age for
confirmation. Please contact
the Priest-in-Charge for further information .
Preparation for confirmation
The purpose of confirmation preparation is to
ensure that those who are confirmed have a proper understanding of what it means
to live as a disciple of Christ within the life of the Church of England. In The
Book of Common Prayer it is envisaged that this preparation will take the form
of learning by heart the Apostles Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lordís
Prayer, and The Book of Common Prayer Catechism. Today a more comprehensive
course of preparation is felt to be appropriate. As in the case of baptism
preparation, the form that this preparation takes will vary according to the
practice of the church or cathedral concerned and the particular needs and
circumstances of the confirmation candidates.
confirmation takes place
Many people are confirmed in the church or cathedral that they normally attend. However, people may also be confirmed in another church in a service in which candidates from a number of different churches are combined together, and some children and young people are confirmed at their school.