We’re delighted that you’re thinking about having your child baptised at St. Mary’s. Their baptism is a very important occasion for your family and for us.
Baptisms at St. Mary’s take place either within the main Sunday service at 10am or at a special baptism service at 12 noon.
We hope and pray that it will be a happy and memorable time for all.
Please contact us to take things further. Once you’ve contacted us one of our baptism team will be in touch to arrange to meet you.
At that meeting they’ll let you know the next steps in the process of preparing for the baptism. These will include attending a regular Sunday service and a preparation meeting with one of our clergy team. We’ll also explain what our church offers for children and young people.
Baptism: Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be a godparent?
You should have at least two godparents: one of each gender.
Godparents can be family members or friends.
However, it is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child’s spiritual welfare and who will pray for you and your child. They should be baptised themselves and mature enough to act as a godparent.
What happens if one of the godparents can’t come to the Baptism?
Of course, they will make every effort to come if they possibly can. But sometimes this is impossible. This doesn’t stop them from being a godparent.
We’re not married – can our child still be baptised?
Yes. If you would like to discuss the possibility of getting married, the Rector would be delighted to talk to you.
Can older children or adults be baptised?
Yes. If you are considering this, please have a word with a one of our clergy.
We don’t live in Saffron Walden – can we have our baby baptised here?
It’s usual to have your baby baptised in the parish where you live so that your child can be welcomed and grow in your local church family. However, if there are particular reasons why you would like to have the baptism at St. Mary’s (e.g. family links), it may be possible to arrange with the agreement of your own local minister.
What does it cost?
Baptism is a symbol of God’s love for us which is freely given. We make no charge.
Baptisms in the Village Churches
If you live in Littlebury, Littlebury Green, Wendens Ambo, Little Walden, Sewards End, Ashdon or Hadstock your baby can be baptised in the village church. We have the same procedures for booking your baptism and you should call the Parish Office or talk to your local minister in the first instance.
What sites do you recommend to learn more about baptisms?
The Church of England’s dedicated Christenings Site