Baptism is fundamentally about ‘belonging’ and ‘commitment’. It is the way by which a person joins the Christian community and takes on responsibilities as a follower of Jesus Christ. And it is a sign of commitment in two directions: firstly, it is a sign of God’s commitment to the person being baptised; and secondly, it is a sign of that person’s (or his or her parents’) commitment to God and their desire to follow Jesus Christ.
Many people come for Baptism or Christening when a child has been born and they want to give thanks and desire to bring up that child in the Christian faith. As well as a ceremonial opportunity for giving the child a name, and a celebration for family and friends, a service of Baptism marks the point where a child begins his or her own personal journey as a follower of Jesus Christ. And it recognises that they will need the love, care and nurture of their parents, godparents and the Christian community to help them.
Confirmation is a service, led by a bishop, for those who have been baptised as children and who now want to make an adult commitment to follow Jesus Christ.
If you live in the parish of Sherborne you may obtain a leaflet describing baptism from the Parish Office in Abbey Close, together with a copy of the words used during the baptism service and an application form. Forms should be completed and returned to the Parish Office. One of the clergy will then arrange to come and visit you. For further information click here to email the Parish Secretary.
Please note that if you do not live in the parish you must write to the Parish Secretary at The Parish Office, 3Abbey Close, Sherborne DT9 3LQ in the first instance.