Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God. It is the means by which God adopts us as his children, and brings us with Christ to share in his life. When Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan, God acclaimed him as ‘my son, the beloved’. In our baptism, God claims us as his beloved sons and daughters. So we are made members of God’s family, with Christians throughout the world and all those who have gone before us.
The Church of England has always been unapologetic about baptising babies and children. This is because baptism is primarily about what God does for us: before we can say anything, or believe the right things, or act in a particular way, God already loves us and reaches out to bring us to share in his love. The faith that follows, and in which parents and godparents and the wider Church promise to help the person being baptised grow up, is always a response to the fact that God first loves us, and is not a precondition for earning that love.
This isn’t to say that people can’t be baptised as adults, and many people are. If you would like to discuss baptism, for yourself or for your child, please contact the vicar.