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Would you like to have your child Baptised?

St. Botolph’s and St Mark's Churchs welcome children into their congregations. Baptism (Christening) is the way that people commit themselves to grow up as Christians and as members of the church.
Having your child baptised involves commitments by you and the church. If you accept the commitment you and the Godparents will agree to:

· Pray for the child each day.

Encourage the child to grow in wonder and love of Jesus our Lord; to pray; be regular in worship; and belong to a church congregation.

To lead the child to Confirmation where he or she will own the vows of baptism personally.

You will be asked to come to an Family Eucharist (at 10 a.m. on the first Sunday of the month). 
Baptisms usually take place at 12 noon on Sundays. This is a personal stand alone service. Sometimes families can ask for their children to be Baptised during the 10o'clock service.
If you wish to have your child Baptised/Christened please contact Fr Lawrence on 01474 566400.

How many Godparents can we have? Traditionally there were always three Godparents (two men for a boy and two women for a girl). Sometimes parents ask for more than three God parents and this will need to be discussed with Fr Lawrence.

How much does it cost? There is no charge for baptism. 

How many guests can I ask to the service? St Botolph's Church holds about 500 people and St Mark's around 100 so all are welcome. We ask people politely to please switch of mobile phones and encourage any children to be quiet during the service. 

Can we take photographs? We do allow flash photography during services. However, we also make sure you can photograph everyone by the font after the service. 

Can we use a video? We do allow you to use a video during the service when the baptism takes place. 

How many children are baptised at each service? We try to ensure that the children of one family only are baptised at each service.