Baptism & Confirmation

Baptism & Confirmation

In baptism, parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start the child on the journey of faith and ask for the Church's support. Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey when you affirm the faith into which you were baptised.

Baptism

In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. Through prayer, anointing with oil, and the pouring of water over the head, God's love and the power of his Holy Spirit are given to the newly baptised, who enters into a closer relationship with Jesus. Christian baptism can be traced back to Jesus' own baptism in the River Jordan, and his command to his followers to baptise new followers.

Everyone has the right to be baptised in the parish church of the parish where they live, regardless of whether they are a regular churchgoer or not. Additionally, if you live in one of the fourteen parishes of the Ludlow Team Ministry, you can have your child baptised (or christened), or be baptised yourself, in any one of our 17 churches.

In St Laurence's, baptisms normally take place on a Sunday at 3pm, although sometimes they happen during the 9.30am Sunday Parish Eucharist. If your baptism is to be held at 3pm on a Sunday, then you can choose which part of the church you would like to use - the nave (main body) which seats up to 350 people; the chancel (100 people); the Lady Chapel (65) or St John's Chapel (40). To discuss booking a baptism, please call the parishes office on 01584 872073 or email office@stlaurences.org.uk. You will be asked to attend a baptism preparation meeting on a Friday evening at St John's Church, Ludlow, where we go through the service and can answer any questions you may have. You will be told the date of your meeting when your booking is confirmed.

There is no charge for a baptism, but we ask that the family make a donation to the church concerned.

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Confirmation

Confirmation is an occasion for people who have been baptised as infants to affirm that faith for themselves. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the Church also asks God to give those being confirmed power, through the Holy Spirit, to live the life of discipleship. Alternatively, teenagers and adults who have never been baptised and who wish to make a commitment to the Chrsitian faith are normally baptised and confirmed at the same time.

We hold one confirmation service each year, which is conducted by one of our bishops - the Bishop of Hereford or the Bishop of Ludlow. Confirmation is preceded by a number of weeks of preparation. If you are interested in being confirmed, please contact the parishes office on 01584 872073 or email office@stlaurences.org.uk

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