Baptism (often called Christening) is the service in which we welcome people into the Church. Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan and this was a turning point in his life – you can read the story in the Bible at the beginning of Mark’s Gospel in the New Testament. Jesus told his followers to baptise others as a sign that they had turned away from their old life, and begun a new life as Christ’s disciples.

Baptism is the first part of a two part ritual. As babies are often baptised their parents and Godparents make promises on their behalf. The second part is Confirmation when people are teenagers or older and are able to confirm the promises for themselves. Often if adults want to be Baptised they are Confirmed by the Bishop in the same service.

Baptisms in Pembury are often held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Alternatively you could choose to have your child baptised in the main Sunday service at 9.45am in the Upper Church.  We will be happy to discuss times convenient to you.

If you don’t live in the parish you will need the blessing of your own parish priest (which is normally a formality if there is a Pembury connection).

To find out more look at the Church of England website.