You have probably clicked here because you are thinking about having your child baptised and you are interested to know how things work, what to do next and what the expectations are in this parish.
The first thing to say is that we do gladly baptise or christen babes in arms. Age is no barrier to God’s grace in the sacrament of baptism.
We understand baptism as a “joining ceremony”. It is not about naming - your child already has a name! It is not even primarily about saying thank you. It is about making promises on behalf of your child to bring them up as a Christian, and you cannot do that without being part of a church.
So, if we baptise your child in this parish, we will hope to see you in church on a regular basis afterwards.
If you are not already familiar with the style of worship here, then come and see. See what you think.
We also baptise older children and adults – it's not just babies who can be baptised. If you are the parent of an older child, or an adult yourself seeking baptism, please contact the Rev'd Andrew Birks.
Baptism marks the beginning of the Christian journey - a journey which lasts beyond this lifetime (not many things these days offer a longer-than-lifetime-guarantee!) and one on which we constantly learn new things about God, deepen our
relationship with Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to help make us more like Jesus as we walk his Way.
Baptisms usually happen in the main Sunday service on the last Sunday of the month (but not during Lent) - this is so that, as the newest member of the church family we can see and support your child, and you can see the rest of his or her adopted family. However, baptisms can take place at other times subject to discussion with the vicar.