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Baptisms
 
We welcome all who are brought to the churches in the team for baptism (or christening) as infants, or who seek this sacrament for themselves, as children or adults.
 

How to book:

 

Information and application forms are available at church after any service

 

Baptism is normally administered at the following times:

 

St Mark's - 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month at 12.30pm. We also encourage baptisms within the main 10.30am service on a date by arrangement, in line with church law (Canon B21)

St Mary's - 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month at 2.00pm.  We also encourage baptisms within the main services; 9.30am at St Mary's & 11.15am at St Andrew's. 

 

Baptisms are usually booked after the main services at both churches and cannot be arranged over the telephone or by email.

 

A Service of Thanksgiving for the birth of a child is available, if you wish the defer baptism until later years, or in addition to baptism (replacing the old Churching service). A similar service of thanksgiving after adoption can be arranged

 

Baptism Policy

 

If you live OUTSIDE THE PARISH, you should normally ask for baptism in the parish where you live, so that your local church will be able to offer you on-going support. If you feel there is a particular reason for your child (or you) to be baptized here, please give your reasons in a supporting letter. If we agree with your reasons, we will ask you to approach the vicar of your own parish, to seek his or her goodwill

 

About the Church Service

 

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing those things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church. 
The service paints many vivid ‘pictures’ of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit, as Jesus was at his baptism. And as a sign of that new life, there is a lighted candle, a ‘picture’ of the light of Christ conquering the darkness of evil. Everyone who is baptised walks in that light for the rest of their life

 

As you pray for the candidates, picture them with yourself and the whole church throughout the ages, journeying into the fullness of God’s love

 

Jesus said, ‘ I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly ’

 

(Pastoral Introduction to Holy Baptism, Common Worship)

 
Preparation for a Baptism
 

A Pre-Baptism visit to your home will normally be arranged, to think about the meaning of the service

 

One of the baptism visiting team (or the Rector or Vicar)  will go through the service with you explaining what is going to happen and why

 

You will also be told what questions are put to the parents and godparents and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions regarding the service

 

We hope one or more of the godparents will also be able to attend this meeting

 

Godparents

 

Godparents have a vital part to play in the Christian nurture of children brought to baptism

 

Choosing Godparents

 

It is usual to have three Godparents, two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex, but one of each is sufficient, and you may have more if you wish!
Parents may be godparents to their own children, as long as there is at least one other godparent. All godparents must be baptised, and at least two of them confirmed


Please choose godparents with care. A copy of the letter that will be provided for each of them, explaining what they are undertaking, can be seen below
(Older candidates may have sponsors, who fulfil a similar role)

 

A Letter to Godparents 

CONGRATULATIONS on being asked to be a godparent! It is a real privilege to take on the responsibilities involved - not just for the material welfare of a growing child, but more important for his or her spiritual nurture. This is usually a task shared with the parents, and with the church


To help you decide whether you can honestly take on this commitment, here are the questions that are put to you and the parents during the service

Parents and godparents, the Church receives these children with joy. Today we are trusting God for their growth in faith. Will you pray for them, draw them by your example into the community of faith and walk with them in the way of Christ? 
With the help of God, we will 
In baptism these children begin their journey in faith. You speak for them today.
Will you care for them, and help them to take their place within the life and worship of Christ’s church? 
With the help of God, we will

The priest then asks parents and godparents, speaking for the children they present

Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God? I reject them 
Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil? I renounce them 
Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour? I repent of them 
Do you turn to Christ as Saviour? I turn to Christ 
Do you submit to Christ as Lord? I submit to Christ 
Do you come to Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life? I come to Christ

The whole congregation then joins you in declaring the faith of the Church, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed

Do you believe and trust in God the Father? 
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth
Do you believe and trust in his Son Jesus Christ? 
I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, 
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 
He descended to the dead. 
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, 
he is seated at the right hand of the Father, 
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit? 
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, 
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen


Note -It is unfair - to you, to the child and to the church - to make such important promises if you cannot mean or fulfil them. But if you can, you will certainly find being a godparent brings many rewards. We will play our part in helping you to be a good one!

 

FAQ's about Baptisms

 

Can I have a service of Baptism at St Mark's or St Mary's?

Yes, if you live in the parish. It is the right of everyone who wants to be baptized to be baptized in their parish church. We WELCOME all who are brought to the churches in our team for baptism (or christening) as infants, or who seek this sacrament for themselves, as children or adults

 

I don't live in the parish but would like a service of Baptism at your church. Is that possible?

If you live OUTSIDE the Parish, you should normally ask for baptism in the parish where you live, so that your local church will be able to offer you on-going support. If you feel there is a particular reason for your child to be baptized here, please give your reasons in a supporting letter. If we agree with your reasons, we will ask you to approach the vicar of your own parish, to seek his or her goodwill

 

How much does if cost?


There is NO FEE for baptism, it is God's free gift to all his people - However, we hope you will feel able to make an appropriate donation to enable the work of the church to continue