Baptisms

St. Mary's welcomes Baptism enquiries 

Baptisms (also called christenings) are joyful times at St Mary's Church, Alsager, where about 40 people are baptised each year. To make an enquiry please come along to one of the Sunday services and make yourself known to a member of the clergy or one of the Church Wardens.

Godparents

Infants traditionally have three godparents. Boys usually have two godfathers and girls two godmothers. Godparents must themselves be baptised. It's desirable that they're confirmed too. Godparents affirm their Christian faith and commitment on behalf of their godchild.

Older children and adults have sponsors instead of godparents.

If you need any help or guidance regarding godparents, please contact one of the clergy. It's possible that you may want to talk to a member of the clergy about the Service of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child, which is an alternative to Baptism.

The Service

During 2019 Baptism services will generally be held either during a private shorter service at 12 noon. or, on occasion, during our weekly 10am service of Holy Communion. Not every Sunday throughout the year is available for a baptism but possible available dates can be discussed with our ministry team when you come to visit.

During the Baptism service, parents and godparents will be asked to make promises on behalf of the child. Towards the end of the service, the parents receive a baptism candle as a keepsake and reminder of this special occasion. The baptism service is very inclusive and a lovely one to bring children to; and should any tiny ones become restless we have a small play area and changing facilities available for them too.

Baptism Assistants:  The clergy are assisted with the administration associated with baptisms by Mrs Jan Kermeen and Mrs Ann Lancefield-Walker

Registers: A digital version of the parish Baptism register from 1898 – 1986 is available at Alsager Library and at the County Records Office, Duke Street, Chester CH1 1RL

 


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