Here at St Nicholas we take every request for a Baptism (also called a Christening) seriously and so here is a bit of information to help you.
Baptism is a significant event in life as it marks the beginning of a life time journey of faith and here at St Nicholas we want to help you begin, and support you through, that journey, both for yourself or for your child.
After you make the first contact, usually a request for a Baptism, we will contact you for a chat and explain how we would want to see things moving forward. In brief our thinking is as follows.
You are a member of the Church already.
If you are already a member of the Church and attending regularly a Baptism can be arranged quite easily. You can either speak to me after the service or preempt a chat by completing the Baptism Request form on this page.
You don't belong to the Church or don't attend the Church.
If you don't belong to St Nicholas Church or don't attend regularly it is unlikely we will agree to a Baptism at this stage. We will probably explore the option of having a service of Thanksgiving for the Life of a Child. This allows you to celebrate the birth of your child without you being asked to make commitments that you may not feel comfortable making.
After a service of Thanksgiving for the Life of a Child you are very welcome to pop in to the Sunday services as and when you can which will give you some understanding of what belonging to a Church is about. If at some point in the future you would like to explore the idea of Baptism we will be very happy to chat with you.
It all sound a bit complicated perhaps but we are happy to chat with you about a Baptism or a Service of Thanksgiving before you make a final decision regarding which is right for you - Please fill out the form below and we'll be in touch shortly