Baptism in the Church of England is a religious ceremony where the parents are thanking God for the life of the child, introducing the child to the faith, and asking the church for their support in the moral upbringing of the child. Baptism is usually done on infants, but people of all ages in all walks of life may be baptised.
Baptism involves committing to a life of faith and service. When you or your child are Baptised, you are making a commitment to live the most moral life possible, and to turn away from evil. If you are Baptising your child, you are promising to raise them in a moral way and to guide them away from evil. By joining the Christian faith, you are declaring your support of the morals and values shared by Christians worldwide.
In the Church of England, a Baptism is usually held in the parents church, or in a church near where the child lives. Baptisms are usually done in conjunction to a Sunday service, so the entire congregation can serve as witness to the ceremony and can be present to help welcome the child into the Christian faith. Some people opt for private Baptisms, usually followed by a reception.
During the Baptism, both the parents and Godparents will be present. Both the parents and Godparents will say prayers and make promises on behalf of the child. They will both declare their commitment to raising the child according to the church’s teachings.
Next, the priest will make the sign of the cross on the baby’s forehead and say a special declaration. At the same time, the priest will pour water on the baby’s head to symbolize the cleansing of the soul.
After this, the child is considered Baptised and their soul is saved. A reception may follow if the parents wish.