Baptism (sometimes called Christening) is the way in which we welcome children and adults into the Christian faith, as a member of the world-wide Church. They usually take place about once a month around 1.00pm on the second Sunday. There is no charge for baptism, although we do take a collection at the service and any donations to the work of St Anne’s are always welcome.
For children and adults If you would like your child to be baptised or you are an adult who wishes to be baptised, please contact the vicar Reverend Dave Gough on 01909 570434 to book an appointment for a Wednesday evening between 6pm and 7pm. When you make your booking Rev Richard will explain what happens in more detail, but briefly, we ask you to attend at least the family service on the first Sunday of the month prior to the baptism and on the Monday evening before the baptism, preferably with your Godparents as well, for about half an hour to talk through what will happen and what we believe is taking place at baptism. This is so that you and your family can feel more relaxed as you will have a better idea of what is going to happen.
Godparents The choice of godparents is an important part of baptism. Godparents must be baptised and people you feel will support your child in their journey of life and faith. People normally choose three godparents but please do speak to Dave when you book your baptism if you have concerns. For more information on the role of godparent please follow this link.
What baptism means Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. It is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring our Christian faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the newly baptised, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church. Baptism is the first step on the journey of faith and we are here to support you (and your child) on the further steps of that journey. We welcome you to join us in our services and groups as part of that exploration. The Church of England’s website also has more information on baptisms (the link opens in a new window). There is also a frequently asked section which can be accessed here.