Baptism, or Christening as it is also called, is the way in which we join the Christian Church, and celebrate what God promises for each individual. As such it is a very significant event in the life of anyone, whether a baby, a child or an adult.

At the Baptism Service promises and declarations are made by those being baptised, or by their Parents and Godparents on their behalf. Godparents must be baptised persons.

The Church of the Ascension and St John the Baptist's Church both welcome anyone living in, or with a strong connection to, the Parish who present themselves or their children for Baptism.

For young people and adults the normal practice is to attend a series of confirmation classes prior to Baptism. These courses are usually run on an annual basis.

Where babies or children are presented for Baptism, the parents will be contacted and will normally be asked to attend a Sunday service before the Baptism date to familiarise themselves with the church.

The Baptism will take place within a service of public worship, or at a special Baptism service held normally on a Sunday after the main service. 

The Church claims for those who are baptised that:
“God has touched you with his love and given a place among his people. God promises to be with you in joy and sorrow, to be your guide in life, and to bring you safely to heaven.”

There are no fees payable for Baptism. A retiring collection will be taken at the close of the service for the work of the church.

If you wish to enquire further about Baptism please contact the the Vicar (see under Contacts)