Baptisms are an exciting time for families and for our church community. Baptisms are a time of great joy and we love to welcome you and /or your children to be Baptised at St Mary’s. (Baptisms are sometimes refered to as Christenings.)
Baptism services can usually be held on the 1st Sunday of the month within the 9.30 am Eucharist or at a shorter service held at 11am.
Baptism is the start of the Christian journey and its one of the most important decisions a Christian can make.
When you or your child are baptised in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, you are taking part in an ancient Christian tradition and become a member of the world-wide Church.
Because Baptism is so special we take time to help you prepare for this important time in your life and or the life of your child.
What do I do next?
We would love to meet you to talk further about your baptism. Please do contact us if you would like to know more. The best way to do this is to come along to Church on Sunday morning. The service starts at 9.30am and you will find a warm welcome in a family-friendly environment.
After the service you can speak to Karen (the vicar) or to Linda (Lay Pastoral Minister)about booking the baptism service. A provisional date can then be booked, but before the date is confirmed Linda will first attend Baptism preparation meetings at your home. We would also invite you to attend at least two further Sunday morning services. This is so that you have an opportunity to form a connection to the church community where you and/or your child are beginning this Christian journey.
What happens in Baptism Preparation?
In most cases, baptism preparation takes place in the evening at your home with Linda. It usually lasts for 30-45 minutes and involves exploring what Baptism is, what the Baptism service involves, and what promises and commitments are made during the service.
What happens in the Baptism Service?
Before the Baptism itself we will invite you to attend a rehersal as a chance for you to familiarise yourself more fully with the service. God Parents will be invited to attend too.