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Baptisms

Intro: Manor Parish welcomes all families from the parish or who have a connection to one of the three churches to have their children baptised in one of our churches. You do not need to be a regular church goer.

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. This first step is a response to God's love. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that your child is loved by God, is part of a wider community and has a place with God's people.

The service includes various symbols and rituals that identify the person being baptised as being marked out as special by God and welcomed into his family. These include water, anointing with holy oil and the presentation of a lighted candle.

The service is led by a priest but we encourage family and friends to be involved in the service too where appropriate to make everyone feel part of this special occasion. This might be in the form of music or a reading or prayer, or even the simple act of pouring the water into the font to be blessed, but it is up to you and we are happy to discuss this with you.

The process: When you come to book your baptism we will arrange for you to attend an ARK service which is held on the first Sunday of the month. This service is aimed specifically at families and young children and includes a time of learning, storytelling and crafts.

You will also be invited to a Baptism Preparation Session along with other families that are coming for baptism. This session is offered to get to know you a bit better, talk about the service and answer any questions you might have, as well as give you the opportunity to talk about anything special you would like to include in the service.

The service normally happens after the main Sunday service and may include up to three families (usually two), depending on the number of requests we have received. The service is quite informal and you and your guests will be guided through the service.

Godparents: Godparents are some of the most important people at the Christening. Godparents are not the people who will care for your child should anything happen to you. Arrangements for this would normally be made by a Will. Rather, they should be people who will be there for your child and help them think about the bigger questions in life - questions of love, hope and faith.

Every child should have at least three godparents, two of the same sex and at least one of the opposite sex. Parents may be godparents for their own children, providing they have at least one other godparent.

Godparents should be baptised themselves and old enough to make some serious promises on behalf of the person being baptised if they are too young to make the promises themselves.

FAQs:

  • Baptism and Christening are the same thing and the names can be used interchangeably. Baptism comes from John the Baptist who baptised Jesus and Christening comes from the word Christian and becoming a Christian.
  • Baptisms are free of charge, although we do encourage people on the day to make a donation if they are able to support the ministry in our parish.
  • You can have your baby or child baptised at any age. There is no upper age limit, but after about the age of seven your child may be able to make the promises for themselves. We are happy to have a chat about baptising older children or adults and how this might differ from a baby's baptism service.

What next? If you would like to meet and book a date for a baptism please ring the Parish Office on 0114 2780707 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment to attend Office Hour (6-7pm Wednesday evenings) and meet our Team Rector, Revd. Julie Upton or Assistant Curate, Revd Steve Chapman. If you cannot attend during these times then alternative arrangements can be made.

For more information on baptism in the Church of England please visit: https://www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms-funerals/baptism/your-baptism.aspx

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