Baptisms (also known as christenings) usually take place at St Catherine's on the third Sunday of the month during the eleven o'clock service. If you would like to arrange a baptism, contact our Parish Administrator either via telephone or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as we currently do not have a vicar for our Parish and we are reliant on our local Parishes assisting us with services.
Do make contact in good time, as they get booked up in advance. Baptisms at St Mary’s are arranged as necessary; contact us to find out more.
The baptism of a baby is a moment of thanksgiving for the gift of life, and a dedication of that new life to God's purposes.
Whatever the age, baptism is also the moment of initiation into the Church of God. Parents and godparents should be able to make the commitments required of them in the service with honesty and integrity:
The minister asks:
Parents and godparents, you have brought these children to baptism and speak for them today. As we trust God for their growth in faith, will you promise to care for them, pray for them, and help them to follow Christ?
Do you turn to Christ?
I turn to Christ.
And put your trust in him?
And put my trust in him.
And promise to follow him for ever?
And promise to follow him for ever.
Who can be a godparent?
You should choose Christian people who can make their promises and fulfil their role with integrity. There should be at least two of the same sex as the child to be baptized and at least one of the opposite sex. Godparents must be baptized themselves. People who are not baptized can play a part in other ways; speak to the rector if you want to discuss this further.
Is there a charge for baptism?
No, but there will be a collection for the church during the service.
How many people can I invite?
There is no particular limit, but please remember: