Baptism in the Methodist Church in Stockton
We extend a warm invitation to be baptised to all. Whether you are a parent wishing your child to be baptised, or exploring baptism for yourself, all are welcome.
Baptism is a celebration of God’s love for you in Christ Jesus and your family and is the beginning of a journey of faith within the Christian Community. As the words of the service say:
"For you Jesus Christ came into the word;
for you he lived and showed God's love;
for you he suffered death on the Cross;
for you he triumphed over death, rising to newness of life;
for you he prays at God's right hand;
all this for you, before you could know anything of it.
In your Baptism, the word of Scripture is fulfilled:
'We love, because God first loved us.'"
God’s love is for you and for the members of the family. Here in Stockton we want to share that love with you and help you explore what faith and baptism means for you and your children.
We recognise that Baptism is an important event in the life of a child and their family. In order to make the most of this, we will invite you to a series of baptism workshops where we will explore faith and baptism, usually alongside other families. We will discuss together what it means for you to have your child baptised and give you time to find out more about faith in Jesus Christ. The sessions consist of engaging activities for you and the Godparents to ask those bigger questions about life, faith and baptism.
In addition, you’ll be invited to attend the church which you are looking to have the baptism at. Baptism is about being part of the Christian community. Our communities mostly meet on a Sunday – please check the Circuit Preaching plan page to find out when the church meets, and make some time to come along.
Keeping in Touch
Social media has transformed the way we communicate and relate to one another. Our baptism ministry is no different! Baptism Connect is our Facebook group. Click the link here to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/baptismconnect/
This has information on news, events, services at the churches and will give you an opportunity to chat to other families who are also exploring baptism. Once registered, you’ll also have the opportunity to keep in touch via WhatsApp and email/ text.
Your Church Community
Your church is there for you, and you are there for your local church. Get involved! We are always looking for families to support, and in turn, it’s an opportunity for families to serve their communities. The Methodist Church has always been passionate about making a difference, and the churches have become bases for many social action projects. We’re also here to help you; many of the churches have a Sunday school, which is a great way of your family learn more about faith, the Bible and navigate the complex society we live in. In addition, churches will offer to pray for your child, and to be there for you when you need help and assistance.
Confirmation of Faith
Were you baptised as a child? Do you now feel that you would like to reaffirm your baptism or find out more about the Christian faith? We would be delighted for anyone who wishes to confirm the promises made on their behalf through their baptism. Please contact one of the ministers or click here to send a message and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
If you have Christian faith, but know that you have not been baptised, you are welcome to speak to a member of the team or your local church, where we can talk about the importance of being baptised, and how you can go about it. Simply get in touch through the website or Facebook.
Baptismal Support Worker
We are fortunate to be supported here in Stockton by our Baptism Community Support Worker, Anne Day. As a lay worker (not ordained) her role is to support the Methodist Churches, ministry team and families who request baptism. She has been a Christian for 30 years, and has extensive experience in working with children, families and young people within the church and local community.
Anne's contact details: