What’s the difference between a baptism and a christening?
None whatsoever. They are simply different words for the same thing.
Can we have a private service of baptism?
Yes. The baptism of a church member’s child normally takes place after the principal Sunday service. The usual time for baptism services at St John the Baptist is 11:15 am. At the baptism service at St Barnabas’ Church or Holy Trinity Waterhead Churches is usually in the afternoon and typically 1:00 pm.
Please contact us early, at the start of your planning of the baptism.
What is the right age for baptism?
Baptism can occur at any age. What matters is that those concerned believe it is right to ask for baptism.
Teenagers and adults may also be baptised – speak to us about this. The Bishop often celebrates this with confirmation. You can only be baptised once, but there are ways of renewing your commitment publicly as an adult – our priest will be able to advise.
I’m not a regular churchgoer: can I still have my children baptised?
Yes. The Church of England believes that God’s love is available to all, regardless of their background. Our parish priest can talk you through the options: you may prefer to have a Thanksgiving service first, and then consider a baptism when you have had time to talk through what is being asked of you.
What does it cost?
We do not charge for a baptism. We therefore ask for donations at the end of the baptism service.
How do I arrange a baptism?
Please start by contacting us and tell us you would like a baptism.
Whenever possible, we ask the parents and godparents to attend a short interview (either in the church or in your own home). The interview will happen between a fortnight and a week before the baptism service takes place.
The interview has three purposes: it allows us to explain the baptism service and its symbolism; and you can ask us more questions if you want to. This interview usually lasts about 30 minutes.
Before coming to the interview we ask you to complete a simple form. If you prefer, download a copy here Medlock Baptism Form (382 downloads) and bring it with you.