St Mary and St Margaret Church

Baptisms (Christenings)


Baptism is offered to all who seek it who live within the parish or who have a family connection with St Mary and St Margaret.

If you live outside of the parish, you need permission from the rector or vicar of your own parish to have your chid baptised at St Mary & St Margaret church. 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. 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.


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.