Baptisms

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"I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Do not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified"

We are thrilled you are considering bringing your child for baptism at Mottram. It's a key moment in the spiritual life of a child and should be deeply significant for parents and godparents too. Here at Mottram Parish Church, we want to give you a warm welcome and to do all we can to make the occasion both enjoyable and meaningful for you and your family. Because we believe baptism is really important, we want to make sure you have the opportunity to understand and reflect on what you will say you believe and what you will promise during the service. To that end, we've designed our baptism preparation process around you!

We will happily baptise children of families, or adults, who are resident in our parish, or whom regularly worship with us at St Michael's Church. The Vicar has sole discretion in other cases for families connected in some way with St. Michael's Church.

Preparing for a Baptism 3 simple steps...

1  Book a ‘Thanksgiving’ Service. Often our first response when a child is born is one of thankfulness - for safe arrival & health, to those around us and to God. It’s right that we begin all talk of baptism with a short celebration where we say some prayers of thanks and name your child before God.

2  Meet up with the minister. After the thanksgiving, we’ll meet up to talk through the things you’ll say and do at the baptism - it’s great to invite godparents along if they’re available too!

Book a ‘Baptism’ Service. Once we’ve had the chance to introduce you at the Thanksgiving and chat through everything else, we’ll fix and celebrate the Baptism day with you. Please note, we don’t book baptisms until you’ve celebrated the Thanksgiving and been a part of the church by attending services for a few weeks. Bringing a child for baptism is choosing to join the church, so you can’t do that until you’ve been around long enough to know what we’re all about. When will the baptism be? Generally, baptisms will take place during our main 10.30am Sunday service on a number of selected Sundays through the year.

We are greatly encouraged by the high interest in baptisms of babies and young children currently, and the church family is growing, but please note this does mean new enquires will likely result in baptisms being held in the autumn or later this year.

What next?

Do come along and get to know us on Sundays at 10:30am. If you introduce yourself to James (the Vicar), we'll take some details and then take things from there. In the meantime, we'd encourage you to keep praying for your child - and maybe read some of the Bible for yourself: Mark's Gospel is a great place to start!


More information and helpful advice

Click here to discover all you need to know about choosing, planning and going to a Church of England christening at this helpful website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why 2 Services?
Baptism is a serious commitment, which involves you not only in declaring your own faith, but in making some major promises on behalf of your child. We want to make sure we’ve given you the best possible opportunity to understand and enjoy what’s going on at the Baptism, without delaying the opportunity to celebrate your new arrival - that’s where the Thanksgiving fits. 

What does it cost?
The service is free! All we need to ask you for is £13 to cover the cost of the certificates for the child and godparents.

How old can children be?
Children can be baptised from birth, though once they are old enough to understand the Christian faith themselves, we'd invite them to a special preparation course. 

Who can be baptised at Mottram Parish Church?
Anybody who takes the promises seriously and lives within our parish (check at www.achurchnearyou.com if you're not sure). If you live outside the parish please first contact your own local Church of England minister, as baptisms are usually conducted in your own parish church where you will be welcomed into your local worshipping community.

Who can be a godparent? How many can we have?
Technically, anyone who has been baptised themself qualifies. But you'll want to choose people you would want your children to look up to - especially in matters of faith. Traditionally, children have 3 godparents (2 of the same gender as the child). In practice, we can accommodate up to 4 godparents.

We're not married: does that matter?
No - but we'd be delighted to talk to you about a wedding too! The Bible describes marriage as the best environment to bring up children. Who knows? We could even combine the two celebrations in one!!

Will a baptism here help my child's application to the local C of E school?
No, baptism isn't in the admissions criteria.