South Downs Gateway Churches


We are delighted you’re thinking of baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know that God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.

What happens at the Baptism Service?
Baptisms (sometimes called Christenings) generally take place at 12.45 pm in any of the benefice churches. It is also possible to arrange a Baptism to take place during the morning service.

At Baptism, you and your child’s godparents publicly promise to do your best to raise your child to follow Jesus as part of the wider Church family. Representatives of the congregations welcome your child and promise to support, encourage and pray for him or her, and for you as a family.

During the service, the priest will ask you and the godparents to bring your child to the font which will be filled with the water for baptism. The priest will ask you to make some promises on behalf of your child. After that your child will be baptised and welcomed into the church.

Baptism Promises
During the baptism service you and your child’s godparents answer six questions on behalf of your child. You declare your Christian faith in front of your family and friends and promise to help your child to follow Jesus.
The questions, with your responses in bold, are:

Do you reject evil? I reject evil.
And all its many forms? And all its many forms.
And all its empty promises? And all its empty promises.
Do you turn to Christ? I turn to Christ.
And put your trust in him? And put my trust in him.
And promise to follow him for ever? And promise to follow him for ever.

Do I have to be a regular churchgoer?
Our benefice believes that God loves everybody, and that everyone is welcome at any of our churches. You don’t have to be a regular churchgoer to have your child baptised but you do have to take the promises seriously as you will be making these promises before God.

Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
If you don’t feel ready to make these promises, or you would prefer your child to make the promises for him or herself at a later date, then we offer a Thanksgiving Service for the Gift of a Child. In this service, you thank God for your child and the priest will pray a blessing on your child. However, you do not make the same promises as in the baptism service.

Adult Baptism
Baptism is also available for older children and adults who are ready to make these promises for themselves.

Arranging the Service
If you are interested in exploring a baptism or thanksgiving service for your child, please contact the Benefice Office (details below) or the Rev’d Damon Draisey to book a date and to receive a Baptism form. The Vicar will then arrange to visit you to talk further about the promises you are making. Please don’t arrange a date for the service until this has happened.

Hiring the Church Rooms
If you would like to hire the church rooms after the service to celebrate the occasion with your family and friends (Colden Common and Twyford only), it is important to make sure that they are available on your chosen date.

Please contact the Benefice Administrator.

Location Morestead, Owslebury, Twyford, Colden Common. Benefice Office: Holy Trinity Church Centre, 154 Main Road, Colden Common SO21 1TJ Phone 01962 715172 Email
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