The Meaning of Baptism
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives on earth, and on into eternity with him in heaven. Baptism is a sign and symbol of God’s deep and immeasurable love for each of us, centred around the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which impacts us all. Baptism also involves our response to God’s love, with promises made to follow Christ and declare faith in God, for ourselves, or either made by parents and Godparents on behalf of babies and infants. It is a joyful occasion when we rejoice what God has done for us in Christ.
The Baptism service paints powerful pictures of the experiences of discipleship on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross symbolising the death of Christ whereby the power of sin and death were overcome and defeated for our salvation. Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism signifies our own dying to sin, and rising to new life, uniting us with the Christ’s own death and resurrection. This new life, symbolised by the lighting of a candle, is one where we follow Jesus, the light of the world, trusting in him who has conquered the darkness of evil for all time.
How to book a Baptism
If you live in the parish of Marton-in-Cleveland, you automatically qualify to have a baby or small child baptised in St Cuthberts Church. Please contact our parish office on 01642 326201 any weekday between 9.30am and 11am and ask to be booked onto our next pre-baptism preparation meeting. At the meeting, all aspects of the service will be explained, an application form completed and date of baptism confirmed.
Young people or adults requesting baptism will need to go through a form of preparation with a view to undergoing Confirmation too (a public service where the Bishop lays hands on each candidate to confirm the deepening and strengthening of faith in God). For young people or adults, Baptism and Confirmation usually take place within the same service. Again contact the parish office but ask to speak with the Vicar.
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