Here at St Peter and St Paul’s Church and St Mark’s Church we believe putting God at the centre of family life is something of great importance.
We are very happy to baptise any infant, child or adult who is resident in the Parish, or who may have a strong qualifying connection with us.
Baptism (sometimes known as Christening for babies and young children, but also available for adults) is the start of an amazing journey of faith and a special occasion for all your friends and family. God offers His presence to every person from birth. Our journey in the Christian faith begins with a welcome into the family of God (the Church) and involvement afterwards.
Baptism is when a person, or parents on behalf of a baby or child, commit to following Jesus Christ throughout their life. Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity to express our gratitude to Almighty God for the precious gift of a child. Both services take place within the first Sunday of the month during the 10am All Age Service, which is an informal and relaxed service for people as we seek to create a fun, engaging and relevant time together. To ensure these remain personal we limit the baptisms to a maximum of 3 families at any one service.
For more information about baptisms and christenings visit the Church of England website.
Many adults have valued the opportunity to explore the Christian faith and find out about baptism before seeking to be baptised themselves, and here in the Parish we offer the Alpha Course for those interested.
To check whether you live in the Parish, please visit https://www.achurchnearyou.com/
To find if you have a qualifying connection with our churches, which are similar to those required for marriage in the church, check here:
We pray our Baptism Booklet, Godparents Leaflet and Baptism Application Form prove helpful.
We would love to welcome you to our churches for a few Sunday services before the baptism, especially the All Age Service, so that you can see and experience for yourselves the context and warm welcome we offer.
Following your initial enquiry, we will invite you to a Baptism Preparation Evening, which will last a maximum of one hour. This is designed to be a relaxing and enjoyable time where we share with you all aspects of baptism, including what will happen on the day, and answer any questions you may have.
Baptism Preparation Evenings will be held in the Octagon (our church hall accessed from the church building) on Wednesday 15th September 2021 at 8pm for baptisms taking place during the All Age Services in October, November and December and on Wednesday 19th January 2022 at 8pm for baptisms taking place during the All Age Services in February, March and April.
Do come and join us, we look forward to meeting and getting to know you!
If you would like to discuss a Baptism or Thanksgiving at St Peter and St Paul’s Church,
please contact our Baptism Co-ordinator Didi Coles, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to discuss a Baptism or Thanksgiving at St Mark’s Church, please contact Reverend Sheila Samuels, email email@example.com