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Baptism - on the day

Baptism - on the day

Here are some practical details to help you plan for your day:

  1. You will need to bring with you a complete set of dry clothes. A towel will be provided for you by the church.

  1. You will need to be at church at least 20 minutes before the service starts. During the service you may keep your shoes on but remember to take them of before you come up to the front. If you wear glasses, these can be removed before your baptism and given to your attendant to hold. Do remember to take off your wristwatch - unless it is fully waterproof. Contact lens wearers will need to be sure to keep their eyes shut whilst in the water.

  1. 15 minutes before the service starts we will meet to pray in the coffee lounge. Please be there, with your attendant, and from there we will go straight into church where seats will be reserved for you. You will sit with the others being baptised, and your attendant, for the service.

  1. Most people give a short testimony. You can listen to examples from the past here

  1. After you have given your testimony, you will be directed into the baptismal pool. Diane and someone else from the ministry team will be there, will help you into the pool and position you ready for the baptism.

  1. First of all you will be asked two questions, and asked to respond to them as follows:


"Do you turn from your sin, renounce evil, and confess Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour?"


"I do."


"Do you promise to follow Jesus Christ all the days of your life, sharing in His church and serving Him in the world?"


"I do, with God's help, as people support me in prayer."

  1. Then the one baptising you will say that, having heard of your repentance and your faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, he gladly baptises you in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

  1. At this point you are recommended to shut your eyes and your mouth. It is also good to focus your thinking on God and His love for you, on Jesus and the cross where He died for you. As you do this you will be baptised by being gently lowered into the water and then brought back up again.

  1. After you have been baptised you will be prayed for in the baptismal pool. There is no rush to get out, as the congregation will be singing a song or the verse of a hymn. When you are ready, your attendant will be waiting for you with a towel.

  1. You may then want to sit down on the chair provided at the back of the platform to wait and watch the next baptisms. When you have all been baptised you will go out to change together. You will be told in advance which room you will be changing in.

  1. When you are ready, you can come back into church for the last part of the service. No doubt people will want to greet you after the service has finished.

This is a very special day in your life. So approach it prayerfully, asking for God's blessing and being open to His presence. We trust that it will be a day you never forget. If you have any questions or problems, then do not hesitate to speak to Diane Watts.