Baptism (Christening)

BaptismBaptism is the way that people make a public commitment to follow Jesus and to go on discovering what it means to live as a Christian. Baptism is sometimes called Christening, particularly when it's a baby that's being baptised.

Baptisms at Cromer Church take place as part of our normal Sunday services, usually at the 10.45 service at the Parish Church or the 10.30 service at St Martin's.

Baptism is a celebration - for the individual, their family and the Church family into which they are welcomed - and we aim to reflect this in our Baptism services. During the service, the person being baptised affirms their Christan faith and declares their intention to live life as a follower of Jesus. When a baby or young child is baptised, their parents and God-parents make these statements on behalf of the child, and promise to help him or her 'grow into' them as they get older.

Once a year, normally in July, we also have a Baptism service that includes baptism in the sea. This is always one of the highlights of the year, as members of our Church Family witness publicly to what God has been doing in their lives by being baptised or renewing their baptismal vows in the sea. We start in the Parish Church and finish the service on the beach as we witness those being baptised.

If you are thinking about baptism - whether for yourself or for a baby or young child - the first step is to contact us to discuss it and find out what's possible, and you should do this before choosing a date or making any other arrangements.