It is with great pleasure that we welcome people into God’s family and the family of the church in baptism (or a Christening as it is often known). At St Mark’s we baptise babies, children and adults and welcome anyone who wishes to come. We usually hold a baptism on a Sunday afternoon, or occasionally during our 10am service on a Sunday morning. In exceptional circumstances baptisms are conducted on other days of the week.
Bringing a child or baby for baptism, or asking for baptism as an adult means you are prepared to promise to bring the child up in the Christian faith, or if you are an adult, that you will be prepared to try and live a life following the Christian faith. During the service you will be asked to make some promises about this. If you feel that you are unable to make these promises, but still wish to come and say thank you for the birth of a child, we also provide a Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child, which provides an opportunity to formally name the child, give thanks for the gift of them and celebrate their presence with us.
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a baptism or a Service of Thanksgiving please contact the Vicar, Jane Mainwaring (01462 434686 or firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will arrange a time to come and see you and talk things through.