St Mary and St Margaret Church

Baptisms (Christenings)

(New for 2018)

We are delighted you are seeking baptism for yourself or your child. Baptism is offered to all who live within the parish, or who attend St Mary and St Margaret's church regularly.

If you live outside of the parish, we would encourage you to seek baptism at your local parish church. Due to the high volume of requests for baptism we receive, we are unfortunately not able to offer baptism to families living outside the parish unless a family has a strong qualifying connection with the church. If it is your preference to be baptised at St Mary & St Margaret church, you need permission from the rector or vicar of your own parish to have your child baptised with us, and to meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

1)  You have attended worship at church on Sundays or Wednesdays, at least twice a month, for at least 6 months prior to the baptism (recently or in the past).

2)  You are seeking the baptism of a child whose brother or sister has already been baptised at St Mary and St Margaret church. 

3)  You were married at St Mary and St Margaret church, or are intending to be married here, and are seeking baptism for your children. 

4)  You are seeking baptism as an adult and are willing to undertake preparation classes (3hrs in total) to learn more about the Christian faith. You need to bring your completed permission form with you to the Thanksgiving service that you are invited to attend. We also require you to attend, as a family, at least one Sunday 10.00 am service prior to your child’s baptism.  Please inform us which Sunday you plan to attend, so we are aware and can welcome you into the church.

Baptism takes place on the first Sunday of the month: 
  • at the 10.00 Parish Eucharist when 2-3 families have their children baptised. This is Main Service of the week and is known as the Parish Eucharist (ie, a Communion Service). 
  • at the 14.00 Baptism Service, which is bi-monthly, and when up to 2 families have their children baptised. This service is baptism only and allows us to give our full attention to families who may be less familiar with church services. It takes 30 -40 minutes depending on numbers.  All families who have booked a 2.00 pm baptism service, will need to attend a 10.00 am service, after the baptism, to receive the certificate of baptism. 
The solemn vows parents and Godparents take are a serious commitment to bring children up in the Christian faith.
In particular, Godparents must be baptized; if you need further information, please refer to the FAQ section. 
We do ask that parents and Godparents commit to a period of preparation: attendance at a Thanksgiving and Preparation on a Sunday afternoon when we thank God for the gift of your child and explain the symbolism and liturgy of the Baptism Service. You will also receive a home visit from our Baptism Team.
There is no charge for the sacrament of baptism.

Baptism bookings can be made through our Pastoral Services Co-ordinator at the church on Saturday mornings 1000-1100.

John Stevens will be covering this booking service on the 8th & 15th June, but there will be no drop in service on Saturday 22nd June.


Many people who bring their children to baptism become involved in the life of the church and seek full membership. Confirmation classes (6 week course) are run once a year, usually in the Spring with Confirmation taking place at a Deanery Service on Ascension Day.