Our parish welcomes you and your family. We are here to offer you help and support in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and part of that is to pray for the happiness and peace of your family in the years ahead. This all begins at Baptism. The FAQs on this page answer many of the common questions people have about Baptisms, but if you have any further questions please contact us.
Enquiring about booking a Baptism
Firstly, please contact the parish priest, You can do this by coming to a service on Sunday (9.30 am in St Saviour's or 11,00am at St German's) or contacting the Fr Phelim directly (see contact details above).
You may already have some idea about when you might like the Baptism to take place: that’s fine, but please be aware that we have a schedule of services planned in advance and your child’s Baptism will have to be fitted into that schedule. Baptisms can take place during either of the main Sunday morning services during the year or sometimes at 1.30 pm. You will have to discuss this with the Fr Phelim when you meet.
Secondly, you will need to attend at least one of our services before the baptism. This can be on a Sunday or during the week, Ideally, regular attendance is the goal but we realise this is not always possible for some families.
What is Baptism?
Baptism makes us Christians which is why it is sometimes called by its old English name Christening. It is the first of the Church’s seven sacraments and it is absolutely essential – we cannot be Christians without it. When we are baptized we become members of Christ’s Body which is the Church. Baptism marks a new beginning of a person’s life in Christ. He or she becomes a Christian – another Christ.
Why is Baptism important?
Many families have great hopes for their children and have a deep care for their wellbeing and not least their spiritual well being, With Baptism we begin a new relationship with God and God's people, the church. Baptism celebrates a new belonging to this church and it also celebrates the commitment, love and care of parents and God parents for a precious family member.