St. Mary's Church, Woodbridge
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Taking the plunge with Baptism

The sacrament of baptism usually takes place as part of a normal Sunday morning service and may involve a single child or several people children and adults.

Baptism or Christening at Saint Mary's Church Woodbridge Suffolk

For many people baptism is indeed a chance to experience a church service for the first time. At St Marys they can be sure of a warm and very personal welcome from the Rector, Kevan McCormack, who will involve the whole congregation in what is happening: we the Christian community confirm our collective faith as the child or adult is baptised.

Baptism literally means "plunging" just as Jesus was dunked in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. Water is both a sign of life and a symbol of death; when we are baptised our old life is buried (by the waters) and we are raised to a new life with Christ: we are identified with him. Modern baptism also involves getting wet, usually with a few drops of baptismal water, as part of a cleansing process, but it is also a formal and physical welcome into Gods church. Parents decide to have their baby baptised because they have a faith and are choosing to make the baby part of Gods family it is another part of the nurturing process.

Some questions answered:

What is Baptism?
Baptism is a sacrament: a visible sign of Gods love.
What is the difference between baptism and christening?
None, theyre just different words for the same thing.
May we have a private service for baptism?
Yes, and a church member will usually be there to represent the Christian community. But it is more logical to have this ceremony during the main Sunday service so that new parents and godparents can feel supported: talk to the Rector.
What is the right age for baptism?
Any age. When teenagers and adults are baptised it is often followed by formal Confirmation by the Bishop.
What is the role of godparents?
Godparents make the same promises on behalf of the child being baptised as the parents. That means prayer and support for the child and helping the parents bring up the child in the Christian faith. It is traditional to have at least three god-parents: two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex, but this is not prescriptive.
Im not a regular churchgoer. May I still have my child baptised?
Certainly; Christians believe that Gods love is available to all. Talk to the Rector about the options.
What does it cost?
The Baptism service is free.

For more information contact the Rector.