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Baptisms Baptism

Thanks for asking about baptism (sometimes known as 'christening').

In the Waterfront Churches we are very pleased to baptise babies and children into the Christian faith, which is the normal practice of the Church of England. However baptism is something we approach with careful thought for the spiritual welfare of the child.

We believe it is right to baptise a child only when the parent(s) intend to help their child build an ongoing connection with the church family where their child is baptised. Think of it like this: how would a child feel if his/her parents gave him/her a season ticket for Ipswich Town FC... only to keep them at home on Saturday afternoons? The season ticket is only a great gift to the child, if the parents are prepared to bring him/her to matches, letting them experience what it means to be a supporter, enjoy the action, learn the chants etc. In much the same way, it’s vital that a baptised child not only receives the badge of belonging to the church (baptism) but is also able to take part in the life of the church, where they can continue learning about Jesus, who accepted them as members in baptism.

For that reason, we don’t begin planning a baptism upon your first contact with us. Rather, we ask you to come to one of our churches for at least six months to see whether you like it and whether you think you’d be happy bringing your child along for many years to come (as long as you live locally). Once you’re feeling connected to the church, we can begin to set dates for a baptism service. We don’t mind if after visiting us you decide you’d rather be part of another Ipswich church... but then it would be better to have your child baptised there, in the church family that he or she will be part of.

If you are an adult who is a follower of Jesus and part of the Waterfront Churches but you haven’t been baptised, please do have a chat with Tom - it would be a joy to baptise you!