We are delighted that you are considering having your child baptised. Your child’s baptism is a very important occasion both for the Church and for your family.
Baptisms in our churches take place either within the main Sunday morning service or by special arrangement at 12 noon.
We hope that it will be a happy and memorable time for all concerned and like everything else important in life, your child’s baptism will require planning and preparation.
Your first step is to visit the church or telephone the churchwardens (telephone numbers on the contacts page) or complete the enquiry form on our website, to let us know you are considering a baptism. We usually expect you to come to our usual Sunday service and have a meeting with one of our clergy team.
Frequently asked questions...
Who can be a Godparent?
You should have at least two Godparents, one of each gender. Traditionally, there are two Godparents of the same gender as the child and one of the opposite gender. Godparents can be family members or friends. However, it is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child’s spiritual welfare and who will pray for you and your child. They must be baptised themselves and mature enough to act as a Godparent.
What happens if one of the Godparents can't come to the Baptism?
Of course, they will make every effort to come if they possibly can but sometimes it’s just impossible. This doesn’t stop them from becoming a Godparent.
We're not married - can our child still be baptised?
Yes. If you would like to discuss the possibility of getting married, the Rector would be delighted to talk to you.
Can older children or adults be baptised?
Yes. If you are considering this, please have a word with one of the clergy.
We don't live in the right parish - can our baby still be baptised here?
It is usual to have your baby baptised in the parish where you live so that your child can be welcomed and grow in your local church family. However, if there are particular reasons why you would like your baby to be baptised in one of our churches (e.g. family links) it may be possible with the agreement of the local minister.
What does it cost?
Baptism is a symbol of God’s love for us which is freely given. There is no charge.
“People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16
A prayer for Parents to say
God our creator, we thank you for the gift of our child entrusted to our care. May we be patient and understanding, ready to guide and to forgive, so that through our love they may know your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Baptism Prayer
May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church, pour upon you the riches of his grace, that with the company of Christ’s Pilgrim people you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit, and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory. Amen.