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Here at St Michael’s we would be delighted to talk with you if you are considering baptism for yourself or for your child. In Baptism people are welcomed into the family of the church and the church promises to pray for you. People are signed with the cross and baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit using water.
When adults are baptised they answer simple questions about what they believe. When children are baptised parents and God-parents answer these questions for the child and promise to help and support the child in their journey of faith.
This letter to Elle, who was baptised at St Michael's, is an excellent account of what a joy baptism is.
Some people use the word christening rather than baptism. They are the same thing.
Baptisms can take place at St Michael's during the 10.30am service on a Sunday or at 12.30pm on a Sunday. Certain times are set aside throughout the year and a date can be arranged with the Parish Administrator. The service at 10.30am lasts about an hour and the service at 12.30pm lasts about 25 minutes. People are welcome to invite family and friends to support them and join in the service. The service has a unique blend of solemnity and informality.
Being baptised marks the start of a life that is part of the local and worldwide Christian family. It is very exciting and we look forward to hearing from you if this is something for you or your child.
Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During the Thanksgiving Service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for the family's life. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.
A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.
To find out more about a Baptism/Christening or a Thanksgiving Service contact the parish office.
Kate and Darcie baptised in 2016
Useful information for the day of the Baptism
Location of St Michael's Church
The chuch is situated on the corner of Church Road and Boldmere Road and is also accessable from Chester Road.
The post code for your Sat Nav is B73 5RX
Please note that there is no car park at St Michael’s Church. It is therefore advisable to arrive at the Church in plenty of time to find available on-road parking.
There are toilets at St Michael's Church. Please ask one of the assistants for directions.
Printed Orders of Service
There will be an order of service sheet which will help you to follow the service.
You are very welcome to take photos at the Font and in the church after the Baptism has taken place. The clergy are very happy to be included in some of the photos. A designated photographer is welcome to take photographs during the service at 12.30pm