Baptism is the means by which we become a Christian. It is the start of a journey that will eventually lead to eternal life.
At St John’s we are happy to baptize babies and infants who live in our parish or who regularly worship with us. Please contact Fr Robin, who will be able to guide and help you in setting a date and preparing you for this.
Baptism generally takes place at the 10am Parish Mass, not least as this means the whole Church community is able to support, pray, and welcome its newest member. If there are circumstances that require it, baptism at another time may be possible.
We don’t come to Church – can we have our baby baptized?
We are always happy to baptize babies and small children. Of course the fact you want your child baptized probably means that you might be thinking about coming. For lots of people having children means a different approach to life and questions about faith often come to mind.
How many Godparents can I have?
The norm is three; by tradition, two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite. However, these are not hard and fast rules. The basic requirement for Godparents is that they themselves have been baptized as they will need to make the promises on behalf of the child. Fr Robin is again happy to help and guide you.
Can I hire the Parish Room afterwards?
You are very welcome, subject to availability. More detail can be obtained from hall bookings link
I am an adult who would like to be baptized. What do I do?
We are very happy to talk to adults about baptism. As an adult you have far more understanding of the journey of faith you are beginning. It will be right that you come and worship with us for a little time and that you spend some time talking with one of the clergy about the reasons why you wish to be baptized. They will help you and guide you through this.
What is the difference between christening and baptism?
There is no difference! They are simply two different words that refer to the same thing.
How old do babies need to be to be baptized?
There is no age limit. We are happy to baptize babies as soon as you think them ready.
What should I do next?
Please contact the Vicar, Fr Robin, who will guide and assist you with the way forward.