(Also sometimes called a Christening)
People bring their newborn babies for baptism for all sorts of reasons and whoever you are, if interested in bringing your child, you are very welcome.
If your child is over the age of four or you seek baptism as an adult then we would expect you to do this in the context of being parents or being an adult who is making a commitment to come to church. Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan and this was a turning point in his life – you can read the story in the Bible at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel in the New Testament. Jesus told his followers to baptise others as a sign that they had turned away from their old life, and begun a new life as Christ’s disciples.
Baptism is the first part of a two part ritual. As babies are often baptised their parents and Godparents make promises on their behalf. The second part is Confirmation when people are teenagers or older and are able to confirm the promises for themselves. Usually if adults want to be Baptised they are Confirmed by the Bishop in the same service.