Baptism in the Blyth Valley Team MinistryBaptism in water in the name of the Holy Trinity (God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit) is the means by which a person becomes a Christian and a member of the Church. In Baptism, he or she turns from sin (“falling short of the glory of God”) and turns towards the life and love of Jesus Christ in the company of others. It is a serious commitment, but it is offered freely. It is good to be prepared for Baptism, and good to follow it up by becoming part of the worshipping community, but, again, we take people as they are. When we accept Baptism for ourselves or for our children, we accept that life has meaning and that God has a loving purpose for our lives.
“The Blyth Valley Team Ministry is committed to an open baptism policy in accordance with the teaching and practice of the Church of England. We seek to make it widely known that we welcome all for baptism (sometimes called christening) regardless of their parents’ marital status or their own. We will baptise all adults and teenagers who ask for baptism, and all children whose parents or legal guardians bring them. If a person comes from outside the Blyth Valley Team Ministry, the goodwill of their own parish priest must be sought.”
– Blyth Valley Team Policy, 2004.
In the Blyth Valley, we (usually, but not always) baptise at the main Sunday service when the worshipping community is gathered to welcome.
If you are 10 or older, we will invite you to prepare for Confirmation, which is the step Anglicans (C of E members) take before receiving Holy Communion at the Eucharist. But we will not insist, and it is not a condition of Baptism.
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