Baptism (also known as christening)

We are delighted that you are thinking of baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know that God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.

What is baptism?

In baptism, you as parents are:

  • thanking God for his gift of life
  • making a decision to start your child on a journey of faith
  • asking for the Church’s support

For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love.


What do you do next?

Baptisms at St. Peter’s take place once a month during our regular 10.00 a.m. service. If you would like to know more, we encourage you to join us one Sunday. We are delighted to welcome your children too. After the service introduce yourself to our Rector, Rev Rachel Hawkins, who will talk with you about the next step.


Baptism of adults

Increasingly, those who were not baptized as children are considering being baptized as adults. If you want to explore this, please talk to our Rector.