‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’
Holy Baptism, also known as a Christening, is the beginning of an individual’s journey of faith as a Christian. This can happen at any age, but most commonly children are brought to baptism when they are very young so that their parents and godparents can share, uphold and support them in faith from the beginning in accordance with Jesus’ words that we should ‘let the little children come to me’.
At St Michael’s, we welcome all parents who wish to bring their children forward for baptism. If you are new to the church we ask that you worship with us a for a time so that you can get to know us before a date is arranged. Prior to the Baptism, one of the clergy will come and visit you to talk you through the service and any questions you might have. You will also receive a baptism pack with lots of helpful information to prepare you for this important event.
Baptisms take place on Sundays, either in the Sung Mass at 10.00am, or at 12.30pm as a stand-alone service. Nevertheless, because of high demand please be aware that sometimes more than one child might be christened in the same service. Do note that baptisms do not take place in the seasons of Advent or Lent (except, of course, for urgent pastoral reasons) or on major feast days. It may be necessary to plan ahead quite a few months, so please bear this in mind.
Baptism is part of a wider commitment to bring up your child as a Christian, and we are always looking for ways to make the life of the church and Christian faith accessible to you and your family. There is an annual party for all those recently baptised, and please do see our range of services and events for children of all ages.
Baptism leads naturally to Confirmation, when a person makes for themselves the promises made on their behalf at their baptism. Please see the section on Confirmation for further details.