What is Baptism?
Baptism is the mark of becoming a member of the church. It is often also the first public ceremony in a young child’s life and marks their membership not only of the Christian faith, but of the local community. In the service we remind ourselves of what Christians believe and then welcome a new member by baptising them (with water) and christening them (with oil). These are two symbols of new life that we understand comes from following Christ in our daily lives. At the end of the service the newly baptised person is given a lighted candle as a sign that they go out of the church building and into the world as a sign of God’s love for creation.
When baptisms normally take place
You are welcome to join us for your child to be baptised during the main Sunday service at any of the churches in the Parish of Louth. Please contact us to enquire about possible dates.
Baptisms also take place at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon: On the 1st Sunday of the month this service takes place at St. Michael’s Church, Church Street, Louth.
On other Sundays of the month we can arrange a service in any of the other churches in the parish: (St. James, Westgate – Trinity, Eastgate – St. Martin’s, Welton – All Saints, South Elkington – St. Andrew Stewton)