As the church building is closed for the foreseeable future,   in an effort to control the spread of
the coronavirus COVID-19, the only baptisms that can take place are emergency baptisms in
a hospital or home.

Baptism

You can be baptised at any age, whether you are a baby, a child or teenager or an adult.    Children will normally require godparents or sponsors; for adults, however, this is not necessary.

We are really pleased when parents approach us about baptism (also known as christening) for their child.  We are very willing to visit you to explore any questions you may have and explain what Christian Baptism means for you and your child.

We look forward to welcoming families to church for baptism. It’s always a time of joyful celebration when we want to thank God for our children. The service is friendly and informal and marks the beginning of a journey of faith, becoming a member of the local and worldwide family of the Church.

It is preferable that a child should be baptised in their parish church or the church his/her parents normally attend.

Baptisms at St Mary’s usually take place during our 10.00am Family Service on the second Sunday of the month.

There is no charge for a Baptism service.

Godparents

Being a godparent is an important and responsible role. Along with the parents, godparents make promises on behalf of the child being baptised:-

  • to give the child a Christian upbringing within the church family;
  • to help the child by teaching, example and prayers, to learn to pray and to attend public worship regularly;
  • to encourage the child in due time to come to Confirmation and Communion.

Every child should have a minimum of three godparents, at least one of each sex.  Church law requires that godparents should be baptised and confirmed, although the requirement of confirmation can be relaxed in certain cases.

Thanksgiving Service

A special but simple service of thanksgiving when you and your family and friends can ask for God’s blessing and pray for your baby.

If you decide that now is not the right time to have your child baptised, you can say thank you to God for your child with a Thanksgiving Service.

You can also choose to have a Thanksgiving Service when your baby is just born, or to celebrate the adoption of a child into your family.

Confirmation

Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.

If you are interested in baptism, thanksgiving, or being confirmed, please contact the Parish Office.