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Thank you for considering St Martin’s to celebrate your child’s baptism. We look forward to welcoming them into God’s family and making your day a joyous and meaningful one to remember.
Baptism (or 'Christening' as it is often called) marks the beginning of a journey with God, which continues for the rest of our lives. It is a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that your child is loved by God, is part of a wider community and has a place with God's people.
Here are some frequently asked questions about getting your child baptised, but please contact Brandy, our Assistant Priest after the service one Sunday, or via the Parish Office for more information and to arrange the date and any other details necessary. You will need to complete an application form, which you can obtain from the Parish Office.
Do we need to live in St Martin’s Parish to get my child baptised there?
Baptisms usually take place in your local parish church, however if you are not from within St Martin’s Parish and wish to have your child baptised with us, we may be able to help you.
When can we hold the baptism?
We usually arrange baptisms during our main Sunday service at 10am. There also may be opportunities to have a service at a different time, again usually on a Sunday afternoon, but please talk to Brandy for more information.
Can anyone have a baptism service?
Yes. The Church of England welcomes all babies, children and adults alike for baptism. You do not have to be an active churchgoer. As parents, you do not even have to have been baptised yourselves. Indeed we have held some christenings where both a parent and child have been baptised together.
What about godparents?
Godparents are not simply the people who will care for your child should anything happen to you. Rather, they should be people who will be there for your child and help them think about the bigger questions in life - questions of love, hope and faith.
Ideally there should be at least three godparents, traditionally two of the same sex and one of the opposite sex. Parents may be godparents for their own children, providing they have at least one other godparent. Godparents must be baptised themselves and old enough to make some serious promises on behalf of the child.
How much does a baptism service cost?
A baptism service is free.
How old should my child be?
You can have your baby or child baptised at any age. There is no upper age limit, but after about the age of seven your child may be able to make the promises for themselves.
More information is on the Church of England website