Church of England Diocese of Lichfield St. Mary and St. Chad Longton

Holy Baptism, Weddngs, Funerals and House Blessings.

HOLY BAPTISM AT ST MARY & ST CHAD

If you wish to book a baptism you should call at the Church at any regular service and speak with Fr Kevin or one of the Church Wardens or the simplest way is to call Fr kevin at home on 01782 313142 and he will let you have all the information you need. Fr Kevin will then make contact with you to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

We like to make sure that Baptisms are friendly and personal, and therefore we will usually see you before hand to discuss what your requirements are.

Baptisms normally take place on a Sunday either during our morning worship or at 12.00 noon. Under special circumstances the Vicar is willing to discuss alternative times and dates if absolutely necessary.

The list of frequently asked questions below should answer most of your queries about Baptisms at St Mary & St Chad.

Q. Do you christen or baptise babies and young children?

A. Yes. St Mary & St Chad welcomes children for holy baptism. In most cases children brought for baptism live within the parish boundary but people from outside the parish can also be baptised at the Church.

Q. My child isn’t a baby anymore. Is it too late for baptism?

A. Older children are also welcome to be baptised. If a child is old enough to make baptism promises for themselves then we would recommend that the child is both baptised and confirmed at the same time. It is never too late to be baptised.

Q. What about adults?

A. We are delighted to baptise adults of any age. Because baptism is a very serious matter we would recommend a short time of preparation beforehand and that you are baptised and confirmed on the same day.

Q. How much does it cost for a Baptism?

A. Nothing! Baptism is a sign of God’s love. God’s love is free to all and so is baptism for children and adults alike.

Q. Do I need to arrange the godparents?

A. Yes. Usually this is a matter the family has strong ideas about and you may well find that you need to discuss this with the family. All we ask is that the godparents have been baptised themselves.

Q. How many godparents do we need?

A. Traditionally three. Two of which are the same sex as the child. However this is flexible.

Q. Do adults need godparents too?

A. Adults and older children can ask 2 or 3 people to be “sponsors”. These are people who will present you at the font and encourage you in the years afterward.

Q. What do we need to do now?

A. Call the parish on 01782 313142 or call in the church when its open.. It's that easy.

If your thinking about Confirmation or Baptism and Confirmation combined speak to Fr Kevin or the Church wardens in Church.

WEDDINGS AT ST MARY & ST CHADS

St Mary & St Chads Church is the perfect place and a wonderful setting to celebrate your wedding. Even if you are divorced it may be possible for your wedding to take place in the Parish Church. Please speak to Fr Kevin to make arrangements.

If you wish to book a wedding you should call the Office on 01782 313142 or call in at the Church for one of our Regular services. We are always happy to chat and make an appointment to see you to look at the details. We will then help you arrange your day and make it both special and memorable for you, and Fr Kevin will then make contact with you to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

In order to be married at St Mary & St Chad you must either be a worshipping member of the church or be resident within the parish boundaries. Dont worry about any other details at St Mary & St Chad we like to think we can cope with most things and we look forward to sharing your Big Day with you.

If you would like to get married at St Mary & St Chad, or are interested in having your child baptised or for any other acts of worship (eg renewal of vows), then please contact Fr Kevin as soon as possible. GOD BLESS.

FUNERALS

We are also available for Funeral Services either in Church, at the Cemetery or Crematorium. You should also speak to Fr Kevin or one of the Church Wardens if you wish to bury the ashes of loved ones in a cemetery or in the special plot reserved in St Mary & St Chads Church Yard.

The Funeral Director will normally make contact on your behalf but please make sure that they know you want the service from St Mary & St Chad Longton.

We will also do all we can to support you and your family at this difficult time. If you need help or support with any aspect of funeral arrangements you can always call Fr Kevin on 01782 313142.

We have a Widows and Widowers Coffee Morning each week on Tuesday at 11.00am at the Presbytery, on Anchor Road. If you've lost your Partner then you are very welcome to come along and join us. for more details speak to Fr Kevin on 01782 313142

HOUSE BLESSINGS

If you're new to the area and would like someone to pop around and bless your new home just give us a call on 01782 313142 Even if you have lived in Longton all your life perhaps things at home have changed, and you feel like making a new start. You may have had a new baby or started a new job; maybe someone you loved has died recently and things just dont feel the same anymore. A House Blessing might be just what you need; a new start - a chance to put the past behind us and look to the future.