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St Mary’s takes seriously the concept that at baptism a child becomes a member of the family of God and, in recognition of that membership, joins the local worshipping community here at St Mary’s. For this reason baptisms normally take place at the church’s main service of worship at 10am, unless there are overriding pastoral reasons for them to take place on another occasion or at another place.
Process for child and infant baptisms
Procedure for adult baptisms
Candidates for adult baptism are expected to have an understanding of the Christian faith and a genuine desire to be fully committed followers of Christ. They will normally attend a Christian Basics course before being baptised and will be confirmed at the next available service of confirmation.
Thanksgiving for a Child Service (previously known at St Marys as Naming Ceremony)
In recognition that most people bringing babies and young children for baptism do not claim a fully committed Christian faith and do not wish to become worshipping members of St Mary’s, we encourage parents to consider the alternative of a Thanksgiving Service. This service allows the birth of the child to be celebrated and officially ‘named’ in a worship setting, with God’s blessing being sought for both parents and child as the family seek to grow together in faith and love. The child is free to be baptised at a later date either when he/she is old enough to make a faith commitment for him/herself, or when the parents acknowledge a more clearly defined faith for themselves.
ratified by St Mary’s PCC on 6th November 2012