Taking the next steps in your journey of faith
We are really excited that you want to look at getting baptised yourself or your little one baptised at St. Mary's. The best thing to do is to look through this page to find answers to your question or call us to ask any questions that you have.
What do I do next?
The best thing to do is to download the form and bring it in to us on a Sunday Morning and talk about the baptism. You can also fill in our online form and come in to talk about it on a Sunday.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
Who can get baptised?
Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of an amazing journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too old to take this step, and being baptized as an adult is a wonderful experience.
You may have been baptized at a christening when you were a child or in a different Christian tradition, and there are always special ways to renew the promises that were made then in a fresh way as you discover more about what it means to live them out in your life.
What is baptism (also known as a Christening)?
Lots of people have probably heard about Christenings and look forward to having a good party to celebrate the arrival of a new child in the family.
Your child is precious to you and to God. You want the very best for them, and so does God. You want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others.
We want to join you in this amazing time in your life by helping make it especially joyful and significant. By looking at baptism for your child you are about to begin an exciting journey.
How to chose a godparent?
Choosing the right people as godparents for your child is a big decision. Here are some key things which might help you decide:
What do I do as a godparent?
Godparents are among the most important people at a christening, who make big promises to encourage their godchild to grow in faith and commit to helping them understand how to live their life in a Christian way.
What about a 'Service of Thanksgiving'?
There is a special, but simple, service of thanksgiving, which is a lovely time when you can be with friends and family, ask for God’s blessing and pray for your baby. It’s different from a christening so read on to discover whether this is something to explore further with your local church.
What actually happens in the service?
At a baptism, a child is baptized with water. This is the heart of baptism.
There are several moments in the service which have a special meaning too.
You will hear the words ... "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."