YOUR CHILD’S BAPTISM
The Importance of Baptism … for your child and for you
We are delighted that you are interested in baptism. At Baptism a child is welcomed into God’s Church Family. Within that family we can learn of God’s love and we hope that over the years you will be able to join in some of the services and activities that are part of our life together.
Many parents find that baptism of their child is a time when they themselves take a fresh look at their own beliefs and values. If you would like to explore what this might mean for you please do talk to the Rector.
As your child grows, please make use of the opportunities offered by the church. We are here to help and support you too in bringing up your child and growing together as a family.
We hold baptisms (Christenings) at set times in our three churches.
At St John’s baptisms are conducted on the 1st Sunday of the month during the morning service at 11:15m.
At St Thomas’ and St Helen’s we conduct baptism services on the 2nd and 4th Sunday in the month either during the morning service (9am St Thomas and 10am St Helen) or later at St Helen’s at 11:45 or St Thomas’ at 12noon.
The morning service lasts between 45 – 55 minutes and includes hymns and communion.
The later service lasts about 15 minutes and is a spoken service without music.
Please note we may have up to two baptism families at any one service.
How to proceed
Please contact our Rector, Jim Bridgman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be sent a covering letter that explains a little more about us and a form to complete. On completion of this form we will arrange a visit with the Rector where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have, and to share in an understanding of the significance of baptism, for both your child and you.
There is no fee for baptism. However, if you were to make a donation to help with the life and work of the parish it would be greatly appreciated. (Please use the Gift Aid envelopes provided if you wish the Church to be able to reclaim tax at no cost to yourself)