A baptism, which is sometimes called a christening, is a very special occasion for the baptism candidate, and for the church. It’s a sacrament (sign) in which we celebrate and welcome the new life of Christ for the baby, child or adult to be baptised. Through baptism we celebrate the union of the newly baptized with Christ’s death and resurrection. Through baptism we also become a member of the Church, God’s family.
At St Chad’s we don’t have set Sundays for baptism. Most Sundays in the year are available. We encourage baptisms to be celebrated in the main Sunday service, the 9.30am Eucharist (Communion). This service includes hymns and music, and the regular congregation will also be there to share and support the celebration and to welcome the candidate. Making people members of the Church is part of what baptism is about so this is the ideal way to celebrate a baptism.
However, we also recognise that 9.30am is sometimes too early for guests travelling some distance. Therefore we also offer a separate baptism service at 11.15am on Sundays. The 11.15am is a shorter service, without music or hymns.
The 9.30am Eucharist lasts about an hour. Following the Eucharist you are very welcome also to join us for refreshments in church. The 11.15am baptism service lasts for about half an hour.
To book a baptism please come to church on any Monday evening between 6.30 and 7.30pm.