As a church family, we warmly welcome you to St Margaret’s Church with your family and children as we together celebrate this lovely occasion.
If you would like your child to be baptised, then do speak with one of our Wardens, or Priest and they will give you an application form together with a copy of our service and some FAQ’s.
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. It is the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ.
It’s traditional practice to carry out a baptism alongside the normal Sunday service. However, we are amenable to holding a more private service but it would usually be preferred to do this on a Sunday following the morning service.
Godparents should be chosen from friends and family. They should be people of good character, who are trusted and expected to remain part of the child’s life throughout to adulthood.
The one vital qualification for a godparent is that they themselves need to have been christened or baptised.
What happens during the service:
The service runs to a formula with specific parts of the service carrying particular meanings. The Priest will welcome the congregation and speak about the significance of the service, after which the parents, godparents and wider congregation will make their promises to support the child from that moment on.
Next the parents and godparents will be asked to bring the child forward, and the Priest will make the sign of the cross symbolising the moment at which Christ claims the child. The water is then blessed and the child is baptised.
How much does it all cost:
The great news is that the service is completely free.