“Shine as a light in the world, to the glory of God the Father”

One great slot for Baptisms is at 11am on the first Sunday of the month. We normally place a limit of baptismal candidates from no more than two families at a time to ensure a personal feel. You may also wish to have a baptism during the main eucharist, which is at 11am on other Sundays during the month.

The first thing to do, if you are thinking of getting your child baptised (or yourself!) is to visit the church on a Sunday and talk to a member of clergy about it after the service.

How do I go about having my child baptised?

SAMS-StAndrewsService-GC-31The 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.