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Chelmsford Diocesan
Board of Education

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Sacraments - Baptism

Baptism is ...

Baptism is the sacrament where people are welcomed into the family of God. Promises are made to follow the way of Christ and the wider community promises to welcome and walk with the baptismal candidates on their journey of faith.

In baptism, we are thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start a child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support. For a child, baptism marks the start of a lifelong journey which involves turning away from all that is wrong, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the church, God's family on earth.

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Baptism Symbols

There are various symbols and actions used during a Baptism Servic

The sign of the cross - the vicar will make the sign of the cross on your child's forehead. This is an invisible sign to show that Christians are united with Jesus.

Water - the vicar 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 - after baptism in water the vicar may anoint him or her with oil. This is a sign of the outpouring of God's Holy Spirit.

The welcome - the church congregation will welcome you and your child into the Church family.

Candles - Jesus is the Light of the World.  We will give you a lighted candle as a reminder of Jesus the light of the world.

The role of godparents

Godparents promise to pray and support your child and to help you to bring up your child to know, to love and to serve Jesus. Godparents can be family members or friends. However, it is important to choose people who will take an interest in a child's spiritual welfare and who will pray for children for whom they act. 

For more information on Godparents, click on these links;