We love to welcome babies and children, and adults too, who live in the community of Manston, Cross Gates to be Baptised (also called a Christening) here at St James’ Church.
To see if you are in our Parish, please look at the parish boundary map or get in touch and ask us if you are not sure.
If you are not resident within the Parish there would need to be some other special connection with this church for your baptism to take place here, but we are happy to direct you to what is your Parish Church. This will be a Church which is more local to you and will mean that you can make and sustain a connection with them more easily.
Many of those who are baptized (or christened) are babies or young children. When a child is baptized we are thanking God for the miracle of life itself and for the particular gift of this child into your family and your life. We are also recognising this child as a child of God, welcoming her / him into the family of the church and marking the beginning of a life-time of growing into an understanding of God’s love for them.
At the service parents / guardians and godparents make promises to help their child/ren to grow in faith but the service also celebrates God’s promise to journey with your child, and with you, as you do so. At baptism your child is marked with the cross, cleansed and renewed by water, and given a lighted candle. Each of these symbols speaks to us of our faith in Jesus Christ and of how God is present and active in our lives.
In preparation for Baptism we ask families to come to one or more of our services which are specifically intended to be ‘family-friendly’ and at which we welcome those preparing for baptism and begin to get to know you – and you us! Our All Age Service (11.30am on the 1st Sunday of each month, a short act of worship, with a reading, songs and prayers).
After this, and nearer to your child’s actual Baptism you will be visited by a member of the Ministry Team, usually in your home, in preparation for the Baptism Service itself.