“Shine as a light in the world, to the glory of God the Father”
We have many baptisms (or ‘christenings’) at St Andrew and St Mark. They are services of joy and we hope they are special for the families and children concerned. They are time to give thanks to God for new life, and to commit these lives to being part of the Christian family. For the most part we baptise babies, but most years, we baptise older children as well as adults too.
Baptisms have traditionally happened as part of a Sunday morning service. However, in these times as we recover from Lockdown, we are finding it safer (and less open to cancellation after a government change of policy!) if we hold them at times separate from one of the morning services. These would be normally at 2pm on a Sunday or 12 noon or 2pm on a Saturday. Contact the parish office about which particular dates are available.
How do I go about having my child baptised?
The first thing to do is to come to a service to see if this is the sort of church where you and your family may feel happy. If you think that this is the place, then speak to a member of clergy afterwards.
What happens at a service?
There are hymns, a reading and a sermon. And there is the service of baptism, including the vows made by Godparents (or the candidate if they are old enough), the water (“I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”) and the giving of a lighted candle.
A member of clergy will visit you before the service to talk you through the service.
Who can be Godparents?
Each child needs at least two Godparents, of whom there needs to be one man and one women. After that, there are no actual limits. Traditionally, a boy gets two Godfathers and one Godmother, and a girl gets two Godmothers, and one Godfather, but there are no limits.
To be a Godparent, you need to have been baptised yourself.
If you have a friend who you would like to be a special part of your child’s life, but they are not baptised, in the Church, we would term them as ‘Sponsors’, but they can still be part of the service, if they so choose.
What does it cost?
There is no charge for a baptism, though people often choose to make a voluntary donation to the church.
Bookings are made through our parish administrator, who will send you a form.