Christenings and Baptisms
We are delighted that you are considering holding your Christening or Baptism at St. Martins. During a Christening your child will be baptised, its the first step in an amazing journey with God, parents, godparents, friends, family and the church. You don't have to have been christened yourself, or be a regular church goer.
To get things started, please contact the benefice office on 01935 826113 or email on [email protected] with the date you are thinking about and we can get back to you quickly to let you know if that date is free.
You will be given an application form and asked to choose a suitable date for your baptism service together with a date for a Baptism Preparation morning and a family service at your preferred church. Please return the form to the Benefice Office as soon as possible. The names of your selected godparents or sponsors can be added later if not known immediately.
The baptism preparation course which normally lasts less than an hour, is run regularly in the benefice and is an opportunity to think about baptism and make sure it’s the right option for you. It’s a chance to think about what baptism means, learn more about the service and think about other aspects of church life. We strongly encourage godparents to come if at all possible, as theirs is an important role in the baptism and life of your child. Of course, we do understand that this may not be possible if they live out of the area. In 2019 we are offering the following dates starting at 12.30pm (you need to come to one of these at least a month before the baptism):
19th January, 16th March, 18th May, 15th June, 17th August, 21st September, 19th October, 16th November
At St Martins we offer a baptism during the monthly Family Service held on the third Sunday of each month beginning at 11.00am. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a service of baptism on any other days or times.
You can find useful information about christening on the church of england website, and an FAQ documents on this page.