In the New Testament of the Bible we read how people came to faith and were baptised as a mark of their new life as followers of Christ. Baptism marks the public beginning of a journey with God in which a person becomes part of the family of God, the church. Baptism is a sacrament, celebrated by a priest.
Who can be baptised at St Laurence Church?
We welcome babies, children and adults for baptism. Normally you should live in the parish or have a connection with the church. You can check which parish you live at A Church Near You. You can find out more about baptism/christening here.
We suggest between 2 and up to 4 godparents. These are people who will support their godchild in growing up in the Christian faith e.g. reading Bible stories to them, praying for them, coming to church with them. Therefore, it makes sense that they are followers of Jesus, and it is a requirement that they have been baptised/christened.
When do baptisms take place at St Laurence Church?
They normally take place at 12 noon on the 1st Sunday of the month and last about 40 minutes. Alternatively, they can take place in the main Sunday morning service which is usually a service of Holy Communion and lasts slightly longer than an hour. In the first instance we ask that you invite up to 50 people including the baptism family. Depending on how many baptisms there are in the service it may be possible to invite more.
How much does it cost?
There is no formal charge for the service. God’s love is free – but it does cost a lot to maintain the church and its ministry so we invite donations at the service or you can donate through the Give page on the web-site.
We'd like to book a baptism service - what next?
Contact the church (see the footer for e-mail and phone number) giving your name and address including postcode to explore a date.
If you do not already attend St Laurence, then start coming to church and particularly ask when a baptism service is coming up. It’s really good to attend one in advance.
Drop into church on a Saturday morning (10 – 11.30am) or the office in the Pastoral Centre to pick up an application form.
Our baptism volunteer will be in touch to arrange to meet up and explain more about the service and answer any questions.