Church of England Diocese of Rochester St. Luke, New Brompton

3. Holy Baptism

Holy Baptism (sometimes known as 'christening') is one of the ways in which we become members of the Christian family, the Church. There are others, but this is the formal way, given to us by Jesus himself. It is a Sacrament, a visible sign (the pouring on us of water), which includes the words by which God gives us his grace, or power: 'I baptise you in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.'

At the baptism of the young, parents and godparents promise that they will bring up the child as a Christian. Each child requires three godparents, who must have been themselves baptised (though not necessarily in the Church of England). By custom, two should be of the same sex as the child, and the child's parents themselves can also act as godparents if necessary.

If you would like your child's baptism to take place at St. Luke's, we invite you to come to our 1030am Sunday service to meet us, and to see what our worship is like. We sometimes have babies and young children in church, so please bring them along - they'll be very welcome. If you can't come to that service, call in at the church any Saturday morning between 10am and 12 noon, or else give the Lay Readers a ring on 01634 314604 (Ernie Gray) or 01634 818649 (Ian Jeffery).

Holy Baptism can be held during the Sunday Parish Mass, or as a separate service at 12 noon on a Sunday (when there's usually at least a few of the regulars around to help welcome you).