BAPTISMS, CHRISTENINGS & CONFIRMATIONS
Baptisms & Christenings
Our journey of faith begins with Baptism. Both adults and children can be baptised, Christening is another word for the baptism of a child. We are pleased to welcome those seeking Baptism, whether for themselves or their children.
Baptism is a declaration of faith, a celebration of becoming part of God’s family and commitment to following Jesus Christ. We have many options to make the day especially memorable for your loved ones.
This website can also help you with the arrangements for your child’s Christening. But the first step is to contact one of the clergy and we will help you organise the service.
Confirmation is a milestone on our journey of faith. Particularly for those who want to say ‘Yes’ to everything that happened at baptism and make a public commitment to God and declare their faith. During the service, the Bishop lays hands on the head of the candidate and asks for the Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide them.
Confirmations happen several times throughout the year and we will usually ask you to join a short course with others to prepare for this. Look at this website for more information. But the first step is to contact one of the clergy and we will help you organise the service.
Is there a charge?
No. It’s free!
If you would like to give donations on the day then we are always grateful as this helps us to continue offering this ministry in Benwell & Scotswood, but there is no pressure to do so.
We’re not married or my partner isn’t around – can we still have our child baptised?
Yes! Of course!
I am not baptised – can my child still be baptised?
Yes, of course!
All are welcome to be baptised. We encourage you to choose Godparents who have been baptised as the people to guide and encourage your child in faith. However, if there is someone special who you would like to have a role, then we will certainly involve them in the service and make sure that is celebrated.
Can adults be baptised?
Yes! Anyone can be baptised. Speak to us and we will talk you through what happens. Normally we will help adults prepare by doing a short baptism course with them.
I want to take Communion – do I have to be confirmed?
Anyone baptised in a Christian denomination is welcome to receive communion. If you were baptised as a child we usually recommend getting confirmed first, but if you are unsure speak with the clergy about it we can help you.
Do I have to be confirmed at all?
If you have been baptised then, along with Communion, you have already taken part in the most important of Christian ceremonies. But, as following Jesus means our faith never stops developing, if you are starting to take your faith more seriously we would encourage you to consider taking this next step.
The Revd David Kirkwood – 0191 273 5356 /
The Revd Chris Minchin – 07792267223 /
The Revd Dominic Coad (Vicar of Venerable Bede) – 0191 256 7020 /