Many people feel a natural sense of wonder and joy at recieving the gift of a child, and wish to mark it in a special way. We are delighted that you are considering coming to church as a family and celebrating with us at St Mary’s for a baptism or a service of thanksgiving (naming and blessing)
How do we go about it?
If this is something you would like to explore, please contact our church office (MK 366531) in the first instance, who will take your details, and pass on your enquiry to our baptism outreach team, overseen by Rev. Catherine Butt. You can find the form to request a Baptism here.
She or one of the team will contact you within a couple of weeks to arrange to visit you at home at a time convenient to you. This gives us a chance to explain the different options available to you, and you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. You can also take a look at our booklet: Bringing Your Child to Church.
Once a decision has been made as to whether we’re preparing with you for a baptism, a service of dedication or a service of thanksgiving, we will agree with you a date and a way to prepare for that service to ensure that it is as meaningful as possible.
When would we come to church?
Please note that it is our practice to baptise children in a main morning service (9.15 & 11am). Usually this would be in the context of ‘All Age’ worship on the 3rd Sunday of the month. This is because a child is baptised into the church, and much of the service assumes that the congregation is present. There may be another family also having their child baptised in the same service, and you should come expecting to participate in a service lasting up to an hour.
It is not our practice to offer private services of baptism.
Services of ‘Thanksgiving’ or ‘Naming and Blessing’, as they are sometimes called, can happen at other times and are less formal and shorter, lasting about 20 minutes or so.
Does it matter where we live?
As with marriages, you need to be living in our parish (the MK3 postcode) or to worship regularly at St. Mary’s in order to have a child baptised. If you live outside the MK3 area and do not regularly attend our services but have strong connections with St Mary’s we are happy to consider baptism with the consent of your own parish priest.
You are welcome to visit St Mary’s any Sunday, to come and take a look before you decide – why not come along, perhaps on a 3rd Sunday, when you could see for yourself?
Please do contact us with any further questions or to make a request for a visit.
We are also delighted to baptise adults who have come to faith and have not previously been baptised. A great way to prepare for this would be through attending our Alpha Course.