We are delighted that you are thinking of having your child baptised at St Mary’s. The birth of a baby is a very good time to think about the mystery of life and about what you want for your children.
Baptism (sometimes called Christening) is a sacrament, a visible sign of God’s love. It marks the beginning of our journey of Christian faith. When young children are baptised, their parents and godparents make promises on their behalf to bring them up within the Christian faith and to encourage them by their example to become followers of Jesus Christ.
Older children and adults can also be baptised and will make the promises for themselves. For them, baptism usually takes place at the same time as Confirmation after a short course of preparation in which they learn more about the Christian faith and the meaning of Baptism.
At St Mary’s, Baptisms always take place during one of our Sunday Morning Services, which begin at 10.am. This is because baptism is not a private family celebration (although we hope your family and friends will want to attend), but a public event in which your child is welcomed into the Christian family. Usually there will be a gap of around three months between first contact with us and the Baptism Service, to give time for preparation. Baptisms do not take place in Lent (the six weeks leading up to Easter).
There is no charge for a Baptism. If you would like to make a gift towards the work of the church you can do so using the link below or on the day.
There is some helpful information about Baptism on the Church of England Website.