We’re delighted that you wish to have your child christened or baptized – that is, admitted to the Christian church. Children have been baptized into the Christian faith for hundreds of years: in the service of baptism, parents thank God for their children and prepare themselves for the task of parenting by making promises to God. What follows should help you as you plan for this very special day.
Who can be baptized at St Peter’s?
Basically, anyone living in the Parish of St Peter’s can be baptized here. To find out if we’re your parish church, enter your postcode at this page:
You can also be baptized at St Peter’s if you regularly worship here. The easiest way to start that is by coming along to our main 10am service on a Sunday morning. As the baptism promises include bringing your child to worship in church anyway, it’s best to start straightaway!
There are other ways to qualify – see our Baptism Policy for more details.
When can the baptism happen?
In accordance with the law of the Church, baptism at St Peter’s happens during the main Sunday service at 10am. Because you’re welcomed into the wider family of the Church, it can’t be just your family in attendance. We set aside the fourth Sunday in the month for baptisms. Up to three families can book any one Sunday, and these take place throughout the year: contact the Parish Office to discuss availability.
What about “godparents”?
Godparents are some of the most important people at the Christening.
Godparents will be there for your child as they grow up, supporting and encouraging them, and helping them to think about the bigger questions in life - questions of love, hope and faith. They’re not just people who will care for your child should anything happen to you - arrangements for that would normally be made when you make a Will with a solicitor. Every child should have at least three godparents, two of the same sex and at least one of the opposite sex. Parents may be godparents for their own children, providing they have at least one other godparent.
Godparents must be baptized themselves and old enough to make some serious promises on behalf of the child. If your proposed godparents are not baptized, they can be baptized in the same service as your child.
Click here to read St Peter's Baptism Policy.
For enquiries, contact the Parish Office on 0121 681 1940. Office hours are:
Tuesday 10.30am - 1.00pm
Wednesday - Friday 9.00am - 1.00pm.