Church of England Diocese of Liverpool Saint Mary the Virgin with Saint James, West Derby

Christenings / Baptism


Thank you very much for your baptism enquiry.  Sadly, we are unable to process queries about availability, re-bookings, bookings or postponements by email or telephone but, here's some information which may assist.

All enquiries, re-bookings, new bookings, postponement of services and future availability are dealt with on a Sunday morning following the 10.00am service for all those who reside in the parish or who have a strong connection through their regular attendance.

Coronavirus regulations from HM Government limit how many people we are allowed to accommodate in church for each baptism service. We can accommodate two families at each service and we must also include Clergy and staff along with the baptism parties. Therefore, each baptism party will be permitted a maximum and non negotiable figure of 6 people per family. This includes the candidate, parents and godparents, grandparents, any children or infants and any others.

Social distancing, wearing masks and all other current regulations will apply. Those from the same household may sit together in church.

Please read all of the following information about baptism as it should answer your questions and help with your enquiry.

In order for a baptism to take place, it is necessary that the candidate should normally live within the Parish boundary of St Mary’s. You can check this yourself by typing your postcode into this link:

If the candidate does not live within the parish, then the candidate’s family should have an active and strong connection through their regular attendance at St Mary’s

If you would like to enquire about the Sacrament of Holy Baptism then please ensure that the candidate:

is resident in this parish


there is an active and strong connection to the church through regular attendance

How to book a Baptism.

We'd be delighted to meet you so we ask that you attend the main service, in the main part of St Mary’s, on any Sunday Morning at 10.00am. At the end of the service ask for a Baptism Booking form. Take the form away and complete it at your leisure. Bring the completed form back to church.

Once we have checked if you live in the parish of St Mary’s or that there is an active and strong connection then we’ll offer availability and make the booking.

Please note:

Just so that you know, Baptism bookings will only be made after you have attended a 10.00am main Sunday Service in the main body of the church. You must live in the Parish of St Mary’s. If you do not live in the Parish of St Mary’s then you will have to demonstrate that you have been attending church regularly for at least six months.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why can’t we pick our own date for the Christening?

Sorry no!  This is because the dates are worked out by the Clergy in advance and are planned at least a year in advance. However, there should be plenty of availability if the service is booked a few months in advance.

How do I know if I live within the parish of West Derby?

You can check this by typing your full postcode into this link

Well, we don’t live in the parish of West Derby

The best way to proceed is to contact the Clergy at your local parish church by using

What does an active and strong connection mean?

Some people who do not live within the parish choose to attend services here on a regular basis week by week and have done so, in many cases, for a long time. It is because of this that West Derby has become, and is, very much ‘their church’.

I know we’re outside the Parish, but can we build up a strong connection and then have a baptism service?

Yes, of course, because in attending the worship you’ll be making St Mary’s your church by making an active and strong connection for 6 months or more. It will be great if you can join us. You’re always welcome.

My other children were christened here.

We do understand that there may be some strong ties after a sibling has been baptised here. Regrettably, this does not mean that there is an automatic right. If this is important to you, then you can always attend church for six months and then book the baptism.

I used to go to St Mary’s School

It’s great that you have a connection to the church through the school and we would welcome you back at any time, but this is not directly connected to booking a baptism

I want my child to go to St Mary’s CE Primary School

Again, candidates should live within the parish or have an active and strong connection with the church. The agreed admission policy for the school is available from St Mary’s CE Primary School.

I want to know more about baptism – what is it all about?

Brilliant! Please have a chat with the Rector, other of our Clergy or Ministers.

Can adults be baptised (christened)?

Most definitely – you can be baptised at any age. Go for it!