We regularly hold services of baptism at St Chad’s and would be delighted to baptise your child here, and join you in thanking God for the birth of your child. In the service of baptism, we are asking God to make the child a member of the church through the sacrament of baptism. The words in the baptism service are few and easily said. If you ask for your child to be baptised, it is your choice to bring up your child as a Christian, within the family of the Church. Please read our frequently asked questions below, to learn more about what it means to be baptised at our church.
Can my child be baptised if we don’t live within the parish?
If you do not live within the parish (which many people do not given that we are a town centre church!) or do not normally worship here, we cannot baptize your child without the permission of the priest of your own parish. The website A Church Near You: (http://www.achurchnearyou.com) will help you find your parish.
When do baptisms take place?
At St. Chad’s there is a baptism service on the first Sunday of the month at 11.15a.m., with one or two families. The service is about an hour long.
What about Godparents?
Your choice of godparents is an important decision. You need to consider the following points:
- You will need a minimum of two godparents, one male and one female.
- The godparents must have been baptised before you can ask them to be godparents. This is because they need to be a member of the Christian church, as your child will become a member too.
- During the service, the godparents will be asked to answer questions such as ‘Do you repent of your sins?’ and ‘Do you turn to Christ?’ They must feel able to answer positively.
Is there a fee?
There is no fee for a baptism. You will receive a special candle during the service and individual certificates for your child and for the godparents as a reminder of the promises made on behalf of your child.
Because the expense of the church is high, and we want the church to be available to you and your family and future generations we do have a collection plate. (If you are a taxpayer, please consider completing a Gift Aid envelope with your donation – it enables the church to claim back some tax from the government.)
Can I be baptised too?
Of course, and we would be delighted if you want to make this commitment. With adults, however, we would expect to give instruction and baptism would normally be included with confirmation. Please speak to the administrator in the parish office, who will put you in touch with the priest.
How do I book?
To arrange a baptism please contact the parish office, details are on our contact page.
You will be given an appointment to meet with a member of the clergy to discuss a date for the baptism. At this meeting you will be given a form to complete, and then the date will be confirmed.
What happens next?
During the week before the baptism one of the priests will contact you. This allows you to ask any questions and to discuss anything about the service.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Parish office and we will be happy to answer them.