If you are mature enough to make your own decisions and
you've decided you'd like to be baptized, you'll have a baptism
service that is designed for adults.
You may have been going to church for a while and want to make a
more definite commitment in terms of your Christian faith. For
adults and young people, baptism usually takes place shortly
before, or at the same time, as confirmation. Confirmation is the
service when those who have previously been baptized affirm those
promises and are specially prayed for by a Bishop.
more about Confirmation
What is baptism?
Baptism is a response to God's love - a desire and a commitment
to respond to God's call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It
is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and
friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider
community and have a place with God's people.
The baptism service
The baptism service is similar to the service for a child's
baptism, except that because you make the decision and the promises
yourself, there is no role required for parents or godparents (who
make decisions and promises on behalf of a child).
You may decide to have supporting friends or 'sponsors' - this
can be anyone who wishes to encourage you in your Christian faith.
It may be a friend, or someone in your family and you may have more
than one person if you wish.
You can read the Service of Holy Baptism in full just
here. You are referred to as a 'candidate' throughout the
service and all the parts which refer to a child, parents and
godparents aren't included when an adult is being baptized. The
vicar will make these adjustments.
At the point you are baptized, you may be either fully immersed
in water, or, you may simply have water poured or wiped on your
head. The vicar doing your baptism will tell you what usually
happens in your church.
Your vicar will probably suggest that you prepare for your
baptism by reading a relevant book or by attending meetings or
events in the church that will help you think about this new
beginning. Most churches will offer a short course to prepare for
confirmation and if both are happening in the same service, your
vicar will invite you to attend these sessions.
Contacting your vicar
If you are considering being baptized, and would like more
information, talk to your local vicar who will be delighted to
help. If you don't know their contact details, try www.achurchnearyou.com