Life Events

We welcome you to celebrate Life Events here at St Michael’s Church; from baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

For information about holding a wedding at St Michael’s, please contact either Rev’d David Brown or Rev’d Mary Lodge. Click here for contact details.

For information, please click here or contact either Rev’d David Brown or Rev’d Mary Lodge, who will be happy to help.

 

First Steps

At St Michael’s we welcome requests from parents wishing to have their children baptised. All those requesting baptism of their child are seen by a member of the clergy and/or a member of the Baptism Team and at this meeting the reasons for wanting the child baptised are explored alongside a brief explanation of what baptism in the Church of England means and involves. The option of a Thanksgiving Service as an alternative or as a first step towards baptism is considered if the parents do not feel ready at this point to make the full commitment of baptism. A form is completed and dates are arranged for the preparation sessions and the actual baptism. If they don’t already do so, parents are encouraged to start attending services at St Michael’s with their child. St Michael’s welcomes children at every service and there are special activities and provision for children of all ages.

Big Baptism Sundays

Baptisms are usually held at St Michael’s on specific Sundays in the year. You will need to check with the Parish Administrator and/of a member of the clergy for the dates for this year. These services all take place at 10.30am on Sundays mornings.

Preparation

In view of the serious nature of the promises and decisions that are made on behalf of the child at baptism, parents are expected to attend a time of baptism preparation. This takes the form of a series of meetings held either at the church centre or in the home of one of the baptism team at which, in an informal setting, questions, concerns and information about baptism can be shared. Usually a number of parents wanting their children baptised will attend these meetings together. Our aim is for these to be fun and well as informative! One of these meetings will be a rehearsal in church of the baptism service so that all those involved, parents, godparents and children feel more comfortable and know what to expect on the day itself.

The Baptism Service

We aim to make this a family friendly celebration while retaining the integrity of the sacrament of baptism.

Follow Up

We take seriously our commitment to the children who have been baptised at St Michael’s. Parents and the children are encouraged to take part in the life of the church and helped to grow as followers of Jesus. The baptism team aim to keep in touch with families through occasional home visits and/ or a group gathering of parents and children who have been baptised at St Michael’s over the past 2 or 3 years. A card is sent to each child to mark the anniversary of their baptism.

For information about baptisms at St Michael’s, please contact either Rev’d David Brown or Rev’d Mary Lodge. Click here for contact details.

As older children and adults are able to make decisions about baptism for themselves, if they wish to be baptised they will be seen by one of the clergy and/or a member of the baptism team and invited to go through a period of preparation for baptism which explores not only the meaning of baptism but also the basics of the Christian faith. They would be expected to make a commitment to attend St Michael’s regularly.

For information about baptisms at St Michael’s, please contact either Rev’d David Brown or Rev’d Mary Lodge. Click here for contact details.