What is baptism?
This is sometimes known as Christening. (to be made Christ like).
The Anglican Church welcomes people into the Church by baptism at any age including young children. In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love.Baptism is the first step in the Christian journey and we are here to support you along that journey.
Look out on our website or noticeboards for details of special services for adults with children, including MESSY Church.
When do baptism services take place?
At St Matthew’s, baptisms are held on Sundays, either as part of a 10.00am Family Eucharist service (usually the 1st Sunday of the month) or in a separate service of Baptism at 12.00. It is usual to have 2 or 3 baptisms together. Guests are welcome and we can accommodate up to 60 for each family.
How do I arrange a baptism?
Contact us,using the enquiry form below, if you would like to discuss booking a baptism at St Matthew’s Church.
Alternatively call into St Matthew's to speak to someone about Baptism in Church - Thursday mornings 10.45am -11.30am. The church is also open on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 11am to 2pm.
We ask you to fill in a form giving some details for our records before arranging a date for the baptism. Sometimes we have a lot of baptism enquiries, so please be patient if you have to wait a little while.
Before the baptism, you will be invited to meet with other families to talk about what baptism means and what happens in the service. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions you might have over a cup of coffee.
Choosing Godparents is an important decision. Godparents must be baptised themselves. Their role is to help parents to encourage and support their child to grow in the Christian faith.People usually choose 3 or sometimes 4, godparents, usually 2 godparents of the same sex as the child.