Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the spirit and the door which gives access to the sacraments.
The Sacrament of Baptism
Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God, we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the church and made sharers in her mission. Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and the word.
The sacrament of Baptism is a serious matter and needs careful thought and preparation. The rite itself is quite explicit about the role and responsibility of parents who wish to bring their child into the family of the church through Baptism. In asking to have your child baptised you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring up your child to keep God’s commandments, as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour.
Arranging your Baptism
Feel free to download a Baptism form and email it to the Parish Office if you would like your child baptized.
Baptism Catechesis Programmes
Before the Baptism of your child, we ask that you attend a meeting to prepare for the sacrament. The meeting is informal & relaxed and is run by young parishioners who are parents themselves. Godparents are very welcome to attend the meeting with you if they wish. We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to explore the significance of Baptism and the chance to meet other parents whose children are to be baptised around the same time as your own.
You can attend the meeting before or after the birth of your baby. If you come along after the birth you are very welcome to bring the baby with you but we ask that you do not bring other children along. The meeting usually takes place in the Parish Social Centre on Victoria Road, West Bridgford, next to the church of the Holy Spirit. The next Baptism course is on Tuesday, April 18th from 7pm to 8:30pm at St Margaret Clitherow at Keyworth.