Information on holding a Baptism (Christening) or Thanksgiving Service at St Mary's Church.

It is always a delight for us to baptise/christen children (and adults) into the Church family. Baptism marks the entrance of the child (or adult) into the family of the church. Once baptised the child (or adult) belongs to the household of the church forever. The parents and godparents (who must already be baptised) make promises regarding their commitment to nurture the children in the way of Jesus – a way marked by forgiveness and grace. It is a wonderful time of celebration and thanksgiving. Baptism services usually take place on a Sunday either at 9.30am (in our regular morning service and will conclude at 10.30am) or at 1.00pm (when it will conclude at 1.30pm).

We will take time with the parents and local godparents on an evening prior to the service to talk through the service so you are prepared and know what is to take place. These times are always greatly appreciated and help us to find a really good perspective as to what is of most importance in the nurturing and care of our children.

There are no fees for a baptism; however you are always welcome to give any donations you may wish.

There is also provision to have a ‘Thanksgiving Service’ rather than a service of baptism. At a thanksgiving service no water is used and there is no provision for godparents. Parents are invited to
choose appropriate supporting friends to act as mentors and guides to the child. The service is a service of celebration as we give thanks for the gift of a child, giving thanks to God for his provision and trusting in him for what the future holds.

We will take time to go through the service with parents and supporting friends (if possible) prior to the service so you are prepared and know what is to be expected.

There are no fees for a Thanksgiving Service; however you are always welcome to give any donation you may wish.

To book a Baptism/Christening Service or a Thanksgiving Service please contact:
The Rev’d John Reeve: 023 8066 3267 or email by clicking here