Baptism and Thanksgiving

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, emergency baptisms can take place in a hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygiene precautions and physical distancing as far as this is possible. Read other Church of England coronavirus advice


Baptism

Baptism (sometimes called a Christening) is a public event where you declare your faith in Jesus Christ, and God receives you as part of His family. You make promises to try to live as a Christian in the world.

Anyone, of any age can be baptised. We are happy to baptise babies as well as adults – babies need people who will make the promises on their behalf (parents and godparents).

If you are interested in baptism, either for yourself or for your child, please fill in the baptism form or contact us and we will be delighted to talk about it. Usually we’ll arrange to come and see you to talk it all through and to fix a date.

You usually need to live within the parish, or to have some strong connection with St Paul & St Stephen’s.

There is no charge for a baptism, but we are always happy to receive donations.

Read more about child baptism and adult baptism on the Church of England website.

Thanksgiving

If you feel that baptism is not quite what you are looking for but you would still like to something in church to celebrate your child, we offer a service of thanksgiving.

This is not the same as a baptism but it is a beautiful service where we simply pray for God’s blessing on your child and give thanks for their existence.

This water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ
- 1 Peter 3:21

Sunday service times:

10:00 Eucharist

Wednesday service times:

19:45 Wednesday Wonderings (on Zoom)

Thursday service times:

10:00 Eucharist

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