We rejoice with you at the birth of your child. Children are a wonderful gift from God and there is no greater gift a parent could wish for their child than the one God freely offers through Jesus Christ, the gift of forgiveness and new life.
Baptism is a sign that you, as parents have received that gift by faith and that you wish to raise your child to know that gift too.
As baptism is such an important step, we want to meet with you before we go ahead. There are four meetings in our baptism preparation process.
Baptism@Fulwood Introductory Night
The introductory night is a chance to explore what baptism is, who it is for, and what is involved; as well as giving you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
If after the introductory night you wish to go ahead you will have a chance on the night to hand in a baptism application form. Once we have received that we will arrange two preparation meetings with our team.
Baptism@Fulwood Preparation Nights
Over the course of two meetings you will have the chance to meet up with members of our baptism team to chat through the implications of baptism. The meetings will explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus, why it is important to be a part of a church and of course, the joy and difficulties of raising your child to know and love God.
The preparation nights can be held in your home, if that is easiest for you.
Generally, one of the following three situations occurs after the preparation meetings:
1. You may decide that you are not ready to bring your child for baptism. If this is your situation we will not pressure you to do something you are not ready for. However, you are, of course, welcome to visit our church to investigate things further and we are happy to let you know of opportunities to do that at Fulwood. Regardless of whether or not your children are baptised here they will always be welcome at our children and youth programmes.
2. You may decide that you need a bit more time to think through the decision. As we have already mentioned, this is an important decision, so we understand the need to think it through. Again, we will not pressure you, but would be happy to offer the help of further meetings or the chance to simply come along to church and get to know other Christians, while finding out more about Jesus.
3. Finally, you may already have received the gift of forgiveness and new life from God and live as a follower of Jesus, or have decided you are ready to become one. We would then discuss the baptism of your child and confirm your proposed date.
The final meeting is a chance to meet with the minister who will baptise your child. He will explain the service to you, answer any questions you might have and spend some time praying for you.
If you would like to baptise your child at Fulwood please register for our next Baptism@Fulwood Introductory night by contacting the Church office: