We're delighted you're thinking of baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.

What is baptism?

In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support.

For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Baptisms here at St Guthlac's usually take place on the 4th Sunday on alternate months at the 11am service. (Jan/March/May/July/Sept/Nov) Sometimes (if there are more baptisms than usual) we may have additional services (also on the fourth Sunday at 11am). 

We have an evening meeting before the baptism date when parents and Godparents (if they are local) meet with me, Marc Cooper, at church to prepare for baptism.  We look at the meaning of baptism, what the promises mean that you make in the service and how we can live as Christians.  We also look at the service so you know what to expect.

If you are thinking of baptism for your child then why not come along to one of the baptism services and see how it all works?!

If you want to begin to arrange a baptism please contact the Rector, Rev'd Marc Cooper by phone or email, or even via Facebook. 

Baptism is available to all who live in the parish, regularly attend church here or have other connections with the church here (such as family connections).  If you are not sure please speak to Marc about it.

If you want to know more about baptismyou can check out the Church of England Website at


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