What happensAt a baptism service water is poured over the person’s head as they are given their name as a sign of God’s blessing.  The person is signed with the cross (special oil may be used for this) as a sign that they now belong to God.  A candle is given as a symbol of God’s light and that as baptised people we will shine this light every day of our lives.  If a baby or child is being baptised, godparents and parent(s) will make promises on their behalf, and prayers will be offered for the baby and the family.  There may also be readings and hymns which you may be able to choose.