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We are delighted that you are considering Baptism at St Andrew’s Church either for yourself or for your child.
Children and babies are normally brought by their parents to be Baptised (Christened) and they, along with the godparents (people specially chosen to support and encourage a child's spiritual growth), make promises on behalf of the child. Adults who choose to be baptized will make these same promises for themselves.
We are part of the Church of England and under English Law anyone who lives in a Church of England parish (adult or child) has the right to be Baptised at their parish church. This is a responsibility and privilege which we take very seriously here at St Andrew’s.
We have around 70 Baptisms a year and because of the capacity of the church building, we do every Baptism separately. You will not find 10 other families have the same date and time! We endeavour to do all we can to help you understand the importance of the spiritual step you are taking, and the promises you will make publically to God in the service, either for yourself or your child.
In the first instance, please leave a voicemail on 07588 594 410 (don't forget to include your phone number) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org We will then get back to you to discuss dates and times.
You will need to complete a Baptism Application form and we ask you to come along to a Saturday morning meeting, where we will eplain about the service and you will have the opportunity to meet other Baptism Families.
Once we have agreed a date with you, we will send you the application form for you to complete.
The meetings to help you prepare for the Christening will be held at St Andrew's (between 10am and 11am) on these dates: 11th March, 8th April, 10th June, 12th August and 14th October. We would expect parents to come to this meeting and it would be wonderful if Godparents were also to come.
Nicola Wheeler had her son, Toby, Christened at St Andrew's, she writes: "We had Toby baptised at St Andrew's. Such a lovely, personal 30 minute service. Toby's older cousins were invited to participate in the service, which resulted in a really inclusive, involved service. The feedback from our guests was great, a truly personal and memorable day."