At a baptism service we give thanks for the life of your child and pray God’s blessing on him or her. Baptism is also the entry point into the Christian faith and as parents and godparents you make promises on your child’s behalf to show commitment to that faith. The Christian faith is a journey of discovery and you may be at any point of that journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is a baptism service held?
A baptism can be celebrated during the main service at 10am on a Sunday morning. If your friends and family are unfamiliar with the more traditional service then you may prefer the informality of our monthly All Age Jubilate Service for a baptism.
Most people, however, choose the separate baptism service on Sunday at 12:15. This will be a service specially held for you and your family and friends.
How long does the service last?
The service at 12:15 is about 40 minutes. The main service at 10am with a baptism is just over an hour.
Who can be a godparent?
Godparents are people who will be there for the child as he or she grows up. Please note that godparents need to be baptised themselves.
How many godparents can I choose for my child?
Normally there are at least three godparents.
Will there be a meeting before the service to discuss everything?
There is always a baptism preparation with the child, the parents and the godparents at a day and time convenient to the family. Often this will be a Saturday morning in church. The preparation lasts about 45 minutes.
Will I need to fill out any forms?
There is an official baptism form that you could fill out before the baptism preparation. Please contact Revd. Margreet for a copy.
How do I book a baptism?
If you are planning a baptism, then just get in touch with Revd. Margreet Armitstead either by phone or email.
Is there an order of service I can have a look at?
Yes, here it is.
Is there a certificate?
Your child will be given a baptism certificate and you have the opportunity to choose a Bible text for it. Please make your selection of Bible texts and please email us your choice about a week before the service.
I want my child to make the decision of faith for themselves, is this possible?
If you prefer for your child to make a decision about baptism themselves, but would still like to celebrate then life, then this is possible in a Thanksgiving Service.
Is there a fee?
There is no set fee for baptisms in the Church of England, but there is a retiring collection and we ask for a suggested donation of £35 to cover the cost of heating. Parish churches have no income other than that which its members contribute.
If you have any other questions, we would love to hear from you.