Baptisms and Thanksgivings

  We welcome babies and children at each of our churches.  It's always a joy when parents  come wanting to thank God for their children and to celebrate with their families.

 What is a Thanksgiving Service?

 A Thanksgiving service is exactly what it says - a chance to say thank you to God for the gift of  a child, whether natural or adopted. This is a joyful service in which all the family can join to  pray for you and your child and celebrate God's love for you all.  You don't have to make any  promises to bring up the child in the Christian faith, but you will be assured that if you do wish  to explore this way, the church is ready and willing to help you.

 Baptisms or Christenings

 What's the difference between a Baptism and a Christening?

 There is no difference, just a different word is being used.

 A baptism service is the right service for you if you are that you are ready to make promises to  bring up your child as a practising Christian.  We try to prepare parents and godparents to give  children the very best start possible in teaching them about Jesus Christ and in being on the  lifelong journey of Christian discipleship themselves.

 To visit the Church of England Christenings website please click here.

 BOOKINGS

 For more information about baptisms or to book a date, please contact the Benefice Office on  01902 373160 or, to send us an email, please click here.

 Godparents

 Choosing godparents is a very important task for parents.  You want people who will develop  a good relationship with your children.  You also need to choose people who have a Christian  faith themselves.  Godparents must have been baptised themselves and they must be over 18.

 If someone wishes to be a godparents and they have not been baptised but would like to    please do mention this when you contact us.  Click here for more information on what it means to be a Godparent.

 A VENUE FOR THE PARTY?

 St Mary's Church Centre may be just the venue you are looking for if you want to self-cater for  a party after the service.  

 We make a charge of £15 per hour to cover running costs and use of the furniture and  kitchen equipment.  If you plan to cook, one of your caterers must hold and produce to us an  up to date food hygiene certificate. 

 Contact our administrator, Andrea Tyerman on 01902 373160 or send us an email to check  the availability of the centre.

 How much does a baptism cost? 

 Baptism is free.  

 However, you'll appreciate that it costs a great deal to keep St Mary's open, warm, clean,  insured etc and to offer our services, so we ask for a £50 donation to cover the cost of the  Verger (to ensure the church is open and all is ready), the production of the certificate and to  cover heating and lighting expenses. do offer you the opportunity to make a contribution.  If  you can gift aid your donation (ie if you are a UK taxpayer) this helps us as we can reclaim the  tax you paid on your donation.