The Churches of St Wilfrid's & St Mary's
in the Parishes of Monk Fryston & South Milford
BAPTISM - WHAT IS IT?
Many people naturally associate baptism with young children (normally babies), and it is a special privilege to provide that service to the community here. But many people who missed out on baptism when they were young, for a variety of reasons, are contacting the Church to undertake baptism as an adult. Whether young or not so young, if St Wilfridís or St Maryís can help with further information about baptism for you - or one of your children - then please contact John on 01977 680788.
BAPTISM OF ADULTS
Baptism is the act by which a person, having openly declared a trust in Jesus Christ and a desire to follow him, is joined to the Christian family, the Church. Baptism involves a personal allegiance to Christ, a commitment to the life, fellowship and worship of the Church, and the receiving of Godís gift of new life in Christ.
BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
Although baptism normally requires a personal act of faith and commitment, the Church does accept for baptism those who are not yet old enough to do this, on the understanding that the child will receive a Christian upbringing within the family of Christ's Church, In fact, as you see from the meaning of baptism, infant baptism only makes sense on these terms.
To read what is required of the Parents and Godparents and of the Baptism Service itself
Further information is also available here
IF YOU WISH TO KNOW MORE OR EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF BAPTISM FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR CHILD
PLEASE CONTACT THE RECTOR ON 01977 680788
A number of people have found it difficult to book a baptism recently due to the number of baptism requests coming in both St Wilfridís Church and St Maryís Church. The Rector has a policy that only one baptism takes place during each baptism service to try and make the events a little more special and personal to the family. The difficulty is that this creates a great deal of extra work (some churches will undertake as many as five baptisms in one service - which means less services), and it may also mean that dates preferred by the family are not always possible and there could be several weeks wait for dates to become available.
It is best if families try to plan ahead and get in touch as early as possible to explore dates that might be available - this also makes it easier when planning the diary and incorporating all the other events that take place in our two churches.