Christian Baptism (commonly known as
christening) is a Christian sacrament that signifies spiritual
cleansing and rebirth. Baptism comes from a Greek word meaning
‘to immerse’ and in the church service it is the ritual act,
with the use of water, by which a person is admitted to
membership of the Christian Church. Baptism marks the beginning
of a lifetime journey of turning away from evil and living a
When a child is too young to speak for
themselves the parents give thanks for God’s gift of their baby
and his or her new life following Jesus. So when, as parents,
you bring your child for baptism, you will be asked to say, on
behalf of your little one, that you believe in God and that you
will bring up your child to follow Jesus.
However, as an alternative to baptism, a
Service of Thanksgiving enables you to say thank you to God
without the extra commitment and promises which baptism
requires. There are no godparents. If you choose to have a
Thanksgiving Service, you may also have a Baptism Service for
your child at a later date when you feel ready.
Following your initial enquiry, you will
invited to attend an All Age Service,
where you can experience the sort of service that includes
baptisms. Here you will meet two Baptism Team Members who will
be able to chat with you after the service about the choice
between baptism and a Service of Thanksgiving, provide more
information, give you the application forms for either service
and outline the next steps.
2017 Baptism Preparation Evenings
are held on Wednesdays
in St. Mary's Church from 7pm to 8.30pm on:
October and 22nd November
2017 Baptism Services held in St.
Mary's Church during the All Age Services
are on Sundays at 10.30am:
3rd September, 5th November and 3rd December
2017 Thanksgiving Services are on Sundays at 10.30am:
15th October and 19th December
Click Here for our 2017 Baptism Leaflet in PDF format.
Baptisms at St. Mary's Church