Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
Your Child’s Baptism
We are delighted that you are considering having your child baptised. Your child’s baptism is a very important occasion both for the Church and for your family.
Baptisms at St. Mary’s take place either within the main service at 10.30am or at a special baptism service at 12.30pm on first and third Sundays in the month.
We hope that it will be a happy and memorable occasion for all concerned and, like everything else important in life; your child’s baptism will require careful planning and preparation.
Your first step is to visit the church or to telephone Carolyn, the Vicar, to let her know that you are considering a baptism. She will explain the next steps in the process of preparing for Baptism.
This will include attending a regular Sunday service and also a preparation meeting with one of the ministry team.
One of the most important consideration when planning a baptism is planning how you can become involved in the life of the Church where the baptism is to take place. In various places on this website you can find information about our groups for parents with pre-school children, crèche and fun faith [link]. We hope that you will want to join us for worship too. If you are new to worship here at St. Mary’s Church the most accessible of our services is our family service which takes place on the first Sunday of every month at 10.30am.
Questions that are often asked
Who can be a Godparent?
You should have at least two Godparents: one of each gender. It is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child’s spiritual welfare and who will pray for you and your child. They should be baptised themselves and mature enough to act as a Godparent. Godparents can be family members of friends.
What happens if one of the Godparents can’t come to the Baptism?
Of course, they will make every effort to attend if they possibly can, but sometimes this is impossible. This doesn’t stop them from being a Godparent.
We’re not married – can our child still be baptised?
Yes. If you would like to discuss the possibility of getting married, the Vicar would be delighted to talk to you.
Can older children or adults be baptised?
Yes. If you are considering this, please have a word with a member of the ministry team.
We don’t live in Broomfield ~ can we have our baby baptised here?
It is usual to have your baby baptised in the parish where you live so that your child can be welcomed and grow in your local church family. However, if there are particular reasons why you would like to have a baptism here (e.g. family links), it may be possible to arrange with the agreement of your own local minister.
What does it cost?
Baptism is a symbol of God’s love for us which is freely given. We make no charge!