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THE BAPTISM VISITOR
When you book your baptism, we will assign you a baptism visitor. The baptism visitor will pop round to visit you and will explain the procedure leading up to baptism and answer any questions which you may have. They will also bring along leaflets produced by the Church of England for you as parents and for your Godparents. They will also tell you about the various courses, activities and organisations available for young families and children at the church.
Normally there will be three Godparents who must be baptised and confident in making the promises required. If you would like to have a Godparent who is not baptised, please contact the church office as soon as possible and we can discuss the possible alternatives. Unfortunately, no one under 16 years of age can be a Godparent.
SERVICE OF WELCOME
As part of the preparation for the baptism of your child, all parents are required to bring their child for a Service of Welcome as part of your local Area Family Service. This usually takes place on the third Sunday of each month at 10am. In this service we will thank God for the gift of new life and a safe delivery.
BAPTISM PREPARATION EVENING
This is important for you to find out about what is involved in baptism. It is a friendly and informal gathering in the Parish Centre led by one of our clergy team where we will explore the meaning of Christian faith and baptism. This evening takes place on the secondTuesday of the month at 7.30 pm and ends between 8.30 and 9.00 pm. It also provides an opportunity to go into church and hear about the baptism service, you can ask questions of the member of clergy showing you round. While we understand that you may have to bring your child to the preparation evening it is preferable if you can arrange for a baby-sitter to look after your child at home, to allow you to be free to give your full attention to the evening. Your child’s baptism cannot proceed until you attend a preparation evening.