What is Baptism?
Baptism (or Christening) is the rite of entry into the Christian Church and for this reason the traditional place for the font is by the church entrance, as is still the case at St Etheldreda’s.
Baptism is what the Church calls a ‘sacrament’ or in other words, “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace”. That means it is far more than just a naming ceremony or an opportunity to give thanks for a new-born life, but an acknowledgement of God’s involvement in the candidate’s life (at whatever age) and a celebration of God’s saving activity as they grow in faith and Christian discipleship.
If you would like to be baptised, or have your child baptised at St Etheldreda's, please contact Fr Darren ([email protected]).