Baptisms and Christenings
Baptism (also sometimes known as a christening when it is for young children) is the way that people become part of the family of God. We love to baptise people of all ages at St Mary's.
All of our baptisms happen during church services - either at 9:30 (formal) or 11:15 (informal). Our 11:15 service is designed with children in mind, and it’s our most popular service for infant baptisms.
Because it’s so popular for infant baptisms, there are a limited number of dates at which we baptise.
There is more flexibility around baptisms for the 9:30 service, and for adult baptisms - do ask for more details.
Arranging a baptism
Before booking in for a baptism you will need to come to church three times. This is because when someone is baptised, they are saying 'I want to be a part of the church.' You can't say you want to be part of something if you don't know what it's like!
At your first church service, do introduce yourself to one of the vicars, who will talk to you about next steps. After you've been to church three times, then they will arrange to meet you in your home, or somewhere else if you'd prefer, to talk to you about baptism and to set a date.
One other thing to remember: Infants being baptised have godparents who make promises on their behalf (the usual number is three godparents). Godparents need to have been baptised. Other adults who aren't baptised can be included in the ceremony as 'sponsors,' but not as Godparents. Please get in touch about this if you'd like more information.