Christening/Baptism

Thank you for thinking about baptism! At St Peter’s we warmly welcome baptism requests from families within the parish (follow the link and add your postcode to check) or who are closely connected with the church. Please come along to a service or fill in the enquiry form below.

Baptism is not just to celebrate the gift of a child,  but to make solemn promises to bring them up in the Christian faith. We are happy to talk about a Thanksgiving service if you would like to celebrate but are not sure about making the baptism promises right now. Do join us for a Sunday service where you will be warmly welcome.

We baptize adults as well as children, and if you have been baptized but not confirmed and would like to be, we also prepare adults and over 12s for confirmation. Children can be admitted to communion from the age of 7.

Godparents

You and your godparents will be asked to say, on behalf of your child, that you believe in God and that you will help your child up to grow up as follower of Jesus.

You will also have to say that you have decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ.

These are serious promises, and will have to be said out loud in front of your friends and family during the service, so choose your godparents carefully as they need to understand what a privilege and responsibility they are taking on. Godparents must be baptized themselves, and ideally will be regular members of a church as it is their job to help your child grow in faith. Normally you will choose two godparents the same gender as your child, and one of the opposite gender, but you can have up to a maximum of 5.

We hold regular sessions where you and your godparents will be invited to come along and learn about what Baptism means, and to think about how you will keep the promises you will make. We will stay in touch with you to help you keep those promises.

Having your child baptized is a good opportunity to think about your own faith and the faith of your family. A christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family. Our faith journeys never end, and at St Peter’s everyone who wants to explore their faith is welcome.

When can I have a christening?

Baptisms usually happen in a block, normally one Saturday morning a month (sometimes in ‘wedding season’, it is a Saturday or Sunday afternoon). We generally don’t baptize in December or January because of other commitments in the diaries  Of course, there’s nothing normal about this year…

The baptisms scheduled for the summer of 2021 are as below. We are now booking, but are working through a priority order of people who were cancelled last year, and then new requests from within the parish, then new requests from outside the parish. If you live outside St Peter’s parish you are welcome to request a baptism, but please understand we have many to reschedule and so we are likely to encourage you to begin a relationship with your local parish church. When you make an enquiry we will be in touch within a couple of days to let you know whether there is still availability.

  • (full) Sunday May 30th
  • Saturday June 26th
  • (full) Sunday July 18th
  • (full) Sunday August 1st
  • (full) Saturday August 7th
  • (full) Saturday August 14th
  • Sunday August 15th
  • Saturday August 28th
  • (full) Sunday September 5th
  • (full) Sunday September 26th

Due to the high number of baptisms and weddings, and because we share our Vicar, it is not possible to respond to particular requests for dates, but we will offer you the nearest we can manage!

The baptism service lasts around thirty minutes, and you can normally fit a total 50 guests per family – there are usually at least 2 families in each service. This year, as we re-open, we are maintaining a limit of 30 attendees – this is our covid-secure capacity at St Peter’s. This may rise through the summer, but please do not expect to bring more, as it is not at all guaranteed, and we will remain cautious for some time.

Does it cost?

We don’t charge for a Baptism, but there is of course a cost to holding services. We understand that the baptism itself is the most important part of the day’s celebration for you, whether or not you will host a large party afterwards, and so we invite you to recognise this in a donation on or before the day. These gifts help to make sure that the church is available for baptisms and weddings and allow us to maintain the mission and work of the parish – especially with children and families.

If you wish to receive a certified copy of your register entry (for example to keep for school entrance), there is a statutory national fee of £15.

What do I do now?

If you are ready to enquire about a booking a baptism, please fill in the form below.

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