We’re delighted you’re thinking of Baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. Baptism (or ‘christening’) is a sacrament, a visible sign of God’s love for us; it marks a new start: a decision to follow Jesus Christ within the family of the church.
Here are three things you can do to get started:
1. Come to a Sunday church service
The best way to get used to being part of the church is to attend a Sunday service. The most important thing is to find a church and a congregation where you feel at home.
The main Sunday services can be found on the individual Church sites.
At each of these services there is a Sunday School, crèche and/or Children’s Corner with suitable books and toys, and baby-changing facilities.
After the service you can speak to one of the clergy to find out more about arranging for your child’s Baptism.
2. Join a mid-week Toddler Group
A good way to begin to feel really part of a church is to get to know some of the people. It is also good for your child to mix with other children. So why not try one of our Toddler Groups, which meet during school term-time?
Details can be found on individual Church sites, or here.
3. Attend a Baptism Preparation Meeting.
Before we can book a date for your child’s Baptism, we ask you to attend a Baptism Preparation meeting.
Lasting about an hour, they consist of:
An explanation of the meaning of Baptism and what the church can offer you
Time to talk to members of the churches and to one another
The next Baptism Preparation meetings are as follows, each at 8pm at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road:
Monday 28th August
Tuesday 26th September
Enquiries about Baptisms can be made on Tuesdays between 7.00pm and 7.45pm in St Mary’s Church or you may contact one of the three clergy (details here).