St. Marys offers baptism to babies, young people and adults. It's our privilege to be involved in people’s lives at such an important time for them. Like other Anglican churches, we understand baptism (or christening, as some people call it) as the beginning of a person’s life with God in the church. God knows and loves us before we are ever aware of him and it’s a time to celebrate this.
Generally we are happy to baptise somebody when they live in the parish – but there are circumstances where we baptise people from outside the parish, if they already have links with St. Mary's, maybe through family or friends. We can advise you on this when you enquire.
For infant baptisms we usually ask a child's parents to come to a preparation time, often held during Cafeplus+ where we will discuss what baptism means, and explain what’s involved.
Baptism is a great opportunity for a whole family to join in the life of the local church if they don't already belong. We leave it to you to decide of course – but we encourage people to see baptism as potentially the start of a journey of faith with God, and with us at St. Mary's.
If you have already been baptised as a baby or a child and wish to consciously affirm your faith in God, we hold an occasional service called Confirmation which is for this purpose.
If you wish to enquire about baptism (or confirmation), please contact the Parish Office first of all.