Baptism is the rite whereby people become Christians. It unites us to God through Jesus’ resurrection, gives the gift of eternal life and makes us part of Christ’s Body, the Church. It is administered with water in the name of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is a moment of simple joy when through the unspectacular action of a little water pouring over a person’s head, they are transformed into a child of God, a member of his royal priestly family and given gifts and graces that no amount of evil and darkness can destroy.
If you live within the parish boundaries or you are a member of our congregation, you are very welcome to have your child baptised at St Philip’s or to be baptised yourself. Whilst we always encourage people from other parishes, however, they should make their spiritual home in their local parish church. There are some people, nonetheless, who have a particular link with St Philip’s (e.g. parents who were married here etc.), or you just feel confused about how to go about it; we would be very happy to talk with you about baptism.
Baptisms take place within our main Sunday 10.30am Eucharist. Please contact us to arrange a date.