The Benefice of
Pilton with Croscombe,
North Wootton and
What happens during the service?
Your child's Baptism will normally take place during the main Sunday service (usually in the morning). This is so that your child can be seen to be joining the family of the Church and be welcomed into membership. In turn the Church will promise to support and pray for you and your child.
Part of the service will normally take place at the front of the church, but for the Baptism itself, parents and godparents, sometimes family and friends too, will usually be asked by the priest to gather around the font. (The font is a large basin, containing the water for baptism.)
Parents and godparents will be asked to make declarations on behalf of the child
Making decisions and promises
When you bring your child for Baptism, you will be asked to declare publicly on behalf of your child that you believe in God and that you will bring your child up to follow Jesus.
You will be asked to answer, on your child's behalf, that you have decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ.
The declarations made by you and the child's godparents will be made in front of the church congregation; the local Christian community will promise to support you and pray for you and your child.
For more information on these subjects, click each title to be taken to information on the Church of England Website:
Who can be Baptised?
Any adult of child.
What do we do if we would like a Baptism??
You are very welcome to contact the Rector, Revd Christine Butler, who will arrange a time for you to see her or her representative. The meaning of Baptism and the date and time of the Baptism which will usually be on a Sunday service, will then be talked through
Symbols and actions used during the service
A number of important symbols and actions will be used during the service itself:
• The sign of the cross - a sign of the cross will be made on your child's forehead. This is like an invisible badge to show that Christians are united with Christ and must not be ashamed to stand up for their faith in him.
• Water - the priest will pour water on your child's head. Water is a sign of washing and cleansing. In baptism it is a sign of being washed free from sin and beginning a new life with God.
• Anointing - The priest may anoint the candidate with oil.
• The welcome - the church congregation will say some formal words of welcome to acknowledge that your child has joined the Church and to show how pleased they are to have you among them.
• Candles - You will be given a lighted candle as a reminder of Jesus the Light of the World..