Your Baby’s baptism- Please complete the survey about baptisms
If you would like to have your child brought up as a Christian then a baptism service is the first real step along the way. We believe that God does something special in the service. But most of what happens stems from the promises and commitment that you as parents and godparents make at the service, and the life that you lead afterwards. Baptism is a significant time for the whole family - it marks the start of an adventure which will continue for the rest of your child's life. Parents may find that their own interest in God is reawakened at this time and we will be very happy to talk to you about this. In any event, your child needs to worship regularly with the church family in order to develop a sense of belonging and the church has a variety of events and activities for all ages. We hope that your baby's baptism will be a wonderful and memorable occasion and that it will mark the beginning of a long and happy association with this church.
How long does it take?
Churches differ, some vicars take nearly two hours for a christening in a communion service. I don’t take as long and find people pay attention better as it is shorter. A stand-alone one lasts 20-30 minutes. A Family service with baptism lasts 35-45 minutes and a Holy Communion service with baptism lasts up to an hour. Both these services are the usual Sunday worship of the Church and have Bible readings, talk, and hymns.
Sometimes a christening takes place on Thursday morning in the 10.30am service, or either before or after it. If you would prefer to avoid too much fuss this is an option you might like to consider, and the vicar would need usually 1 week’s notice.
Parents and godparents must be baptised themselves, and should be confirmed, though the vicar is usually willing to waive that requirement, but please consider coming to a confirmation class. The baptism application form is available for download here on this website, but please phone or email the vicar to discuss your application, particularly the date before you make the booking especially of the party. If you have booked the party and are struggling to find a Church then phone us anyway as we may be able to help.
What does Baptism involve?
For the parents and godparents; thanking God for this gift of life; deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support; joining the Church in expressing you belief in god and praying for your child.
For your child: beginning a journey of faith;becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family; sharing in the death and resurrection of Jesus in a symbolic way.
For the church: promising to welcome, support and pray for you and your child; being reminded of the importance of this baptism for every Christian; providing a worshipping community where everyone can grow in faith
Baptism is a sacrament - a visible sign of God's love. We believe that God loves people of every race, creed or colour. At baptism we are thanking God for the gift of his love and turning away from evil, sin and darkness and towards Christ.
How much does it cost?
Baptisms are free because your baby or child or a grown-up is joining God’s Church. But you might like to make a donation. When Jesus was presented in the Temple Mary and Joseph gave two pigeons as a sacrifice. What might you give?
Wedding couples are especially welcome to come back to Church for the baptism of their children.