NNR has an open baptistry, which is filled with warm water for believers’ baptism by total immersion. The fact that it is never covered provides a permanent reminder of the importance to Baptists of the sacrament of Believers’ Baptism. Those seeking baptism as believers should in the first instance approach the minister. A course of 3 or 4 sessions is usually followed in preparation for baptism.
Members of the church exercise responsibility for the affairs of the church through a monthly church meeting. Membership is open to those who have been baptised as believers in any church. Those in membership with other Baptist Churches may have their membership transferred to New North Road. Other people, who are members in good standing with other churches and who have not been baptised as believers, may, if they wish, also transfer their membership to this church.
The usual procedure is for the church meeting to appoint two people to make a friendly visit to applicants for church membership. They will then bring a report to the next church meeting which is then asked to agree to receive applicants into membership of the church. New members are formally received into church membership at a communion service when the ‘right hand of fellowship’ is extended to them.
Weddings and Funerals
The Church is a registered building for the conduct of marriage services, and has an appointed person who is authorised to complete and sign the registers, so that the presence of another registrar is not necessary. Those seeking to be married in the church should contact the Minister, who will advise them about practicalities and offer a course of marriage preparation.
As Baptists who practice the baptism of believers we do not baptise (or christen) babies. However, parents are invited to bring their baby for a service of thanksgiving, blessing, and dedication to parenthood. The congregation pledges their support to the parents in this role, and the church family welcomes the new baby. Parents who wish to bring their child to church for such a service should contact the minister.