Baptism, sometimes called Christening, is about wanting God to be a part of your child’s life and you to be part of God’s people we call the Church. It’s a great thing to do.
If you choose to have your child Baptised you are beginning a conversation with God. You might know what that means or you might not. Or you may be somewhere in-between. Confused? So are many who come to Church. Faith is a journey not a destination. We journey with God.
We hope that you will join with us at St Anne’s. We are a Christian community exploring what that means in worship, service and practical action. We seek to reshape our lives so we echo Jesus Christ in our priorities.
Can we have our child baptised?
We baptise those who live in St Anne’s Parish (essentially a circle with Brooklands Road, Norris Road, Northenden Road and Dane Road marking the edges, check the boundaries here on the Church of England site "A Church Near You"). If you do not live in the Parish but have reasons for wanting your child to be baptised here, please do ask.
Picking up an Application Form
To pick up a form, we invite you to come to our 10.30am Parish Eucharist at St Anne’s. For some seeking baptism, coming to Church is simply what you do already. For others, joining Christians for worship is not a regular part of your life.
We hope and pray that you will come along as a regular part of your preparing for Baptism and that you will continue to come afterwards, to help you weave the Christian faith into your parenting of your child. Either way, you are really welcome. Come and take a look at us and ask yourself whether you want to explore the Christian faith as part of our community.
After the service we invite you to join us over in the Church Hall for a drink. The clergy will be able to join you soon afterwards with an application form.
Returning the Application Form
We ask you to bring the Application Form, filled in, to the Office Hour. This takes place at St Anne’s on a Sunday afternoon between 5.00pm - 5.30pm.
Date for Baptism
Baptisms take place on most Sundays except for the Second Sunday of the Month. The service is held as part of a our main Church Service at 10.30am or at 12.30pm.
In order to make it a more personal experience, we only baptise from two families at any one time, with dates decided on a first come, first served basis. Until your form is returned to the Church Office and date agreed, please note that no final conversation can take place about dates.
Before Baptism, you will need to come to a Baptism Preparation Session. These take place in St Anne’s Church, where the baptism will take place. They will be at 4.30pm on various Sundays of the year. They will last about one hour. If you bring children, please bring toys and activities they can do whilst we talk.
You can arrange the date of the Baptism before coming to the preparation but you must come to a session before the Baptism can take place. Unfortunately, we cannot baptize until the parents have come to a preparation session.