Baptism in the Methodist Church in Stockton
The sacrament of baptism has been a major part of ministry in the circuit over the years. At a recent meeting of the presbyteral staff we reflected together on the current guidance in respect to managing risk related to Covid 19. We also reflected on the theological, practical and pastoral aspects of celebrating Christian baptism.
In the light of this we have come to the conclusion that we are unable to offer baptism at this time whilst also taking all necessary steps to keep people safe.
We will keep this under regular review at our staff meetings as the guidance develops and changes.
We will report back when we feel that it may be possible to recommence our baptismal ministry. At that time we will need to carefully assess risk and also the impact on churches.