"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 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!
3 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.
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!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why 2 Services?
What does it cost?
How old can children be?
Who can be baptised at Mottram Parish Church?
Who can be a godparent? How many can we have?
We're not married: does that matter?
Will a baptism here help my child's application to the local C of E school?