There are many important things we do for our children.
We make decisions about their diet and their school, because we believe it is the best thing for them.
One of the most important choices we can make for a child is their relationship with God.
In Baptism parents and godparents make important choices for the child, who is anointed with oil, washed with water and given a candle.
Baptism is a great way to celebrate a birth, a wonderful opportunity to thank God for their arrival, and the best possible start to their life.
Here are some questions people ask about baptism.
Who can get Baptised at St. Mary’s?
Anyone who lives in the parish or who comes regularly to church.
What is the difference between Baptism & Christening?
Nothing. They are two words for the same thing.
Do the parents have to be baptised?
No. Anyone can bring a child for baptism.
Who can be a Godparent?
Anyone old enough to understand what they are saying can be a godparent. Because they will make the baptism promises for their godchild, they must have been baptised, and normally confirmed, themselves.
What does a baptism cost?
Nothing. Baptism is absolutely free.
Are only babies baptised?
No. Anyone who wants to become a Christian begins by being baptised. If you haven’t been baptised and want to talk about it, please speak to the Parish Priest.
When does Baptism take place at St Mary’s?
We normally baptise people on Sunday mornings at our 10am main service when all the congregation are present to welcome the new member. You can also opt to have a stand-alone service at 12 noon. If you choose this you commit to bringing the baby back the following Sunday (or soon afterwards) to be welcomed by the congregation.
In exceptional circumstances, baptism can be arranged for a different time to be discussed with the Parish Priest.
What happens next?
If you are interested in baptism, either for your child or yourself, please contact our baptism verger
Charmian Reeves on 01730 264284 who will give you an application form (click for link) tell you about available dates and book you into one of our baptism preparation sessions which happen on a Saturday morning once a month.
Alternatively e-mail the Parish Priest on firstname.lastname@example.org