Baptism

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We would be delighted to baptise you, or your child, at Holy Trinity Church, Lickey, or St Catherine’s Church, Blackwell!

All baptisms (christenings) are great occasions for the whole church family as it marks the beginning of the Christian journey of faith.   It is the point when someone becomes part of God’s worldwide church, a member of the body of Christ, receiving God’s vocation to follow Jesus and love him always.

 

When?

Baptisms can be included in the 10.30am Family Service at Holy Trinity, Lickey or the 9.00am Holy Communion Service at St. Catherine’s Blackwell.   As this might mean restricting the number of guests you invite, as an alternative we can also offer baptism after the weekly Sunday services. With this choice we hold over one part of the baptism service (the ‘Welcome’ to our church family) and we ask all newly baptised and their immediate family, to come along to one of our morning Sunday services. This will usually happen a week or two later, and they will be welcomed and prayed for by our wider church community.

These baptisms usually take place on the first and second Sunday in the month, at 12.45pm or 1.00pm, following the morning services. We can accommodate up to two families in each baptism service and we would normally ask for at least two months notice of your preferred date.

Charges?

There is no charge for baptism, other than £15.00 for the baptism certificates and £15.00 towards the cost of the organist and this reflects the free gift of God’s love and grace to all who seek him. We invite families to make a donation to support the work of the church if they feel able.

How?

If you would like to arrange a baptism for your child, or yourself, please contact Sandra Smith, our church secretary, on 0121 445 1425. Sandra will take details of your initial enquiry and give advice regarding available dates before passing your information onto our vicar, Margaret, and the baptism team. We would then encourage you to come along to one of our regular services and see if Holy Trinity or St Catherine’s is for you, and also to collect an ‘Application for Baptism Form’, available after the service. Speak to one of the welcome team, or ask one of the members of the congregation to guide you to a member of the baptism team.

Once you are ready to arrange a baptism please return the completed Baptism Form to Sandra in our Church Office in the Trinity Centre.

Visit?

One of our baptism team will then contact you to arrange a visit to your home to meet you, and the godparents you have chosen. These visits last between 30 and 45 minutes. For those baptisms taking place at Holy Trinity these meetings will usually take place on either a Sunday, following the morning services, or Tuesday evening, at a suitable convenient time, or by mutual agreement for those baptisms taking place at St. Catherine’s

The purpose of a meeting between the family, godparents, and the baptism team is firstly simply to get to know each other. Our baptism team will talk through the baptism service with you, and then outline and give you chance to explore the commitment and promises that you and the godparents will be making, and explain the significance of each of the symbols of baptism.

During the meeting we will also explain that a ‘Service of Baptism’ is a Sacrament and, as such, photographing or videoing during the service is not appropriate. However, the team will discuss with you the arrangements that can be made following the service to satisfy your needs for a lasting memory of this very special occasion. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions yourself about the service and its planning and organisation.

Godparents?

If you need advice concerning godparents please don’t hesitate to ask. The traditional number of godparents is three: for a girl, two women and a man; for a boy, two men and a woman. However, you can just have two godparents, a man and a woman, if you wish you can have more than three.

Godparents must themselves be baptised. If you have friends who are not baptised, that you would like to be godparents, they can be honorary godparents; they will be included in the service exactly the same as the official godparents, and we will be more than pleased to discuss a baptism with anyone of any age who is not yet baptised into relationship with God and His church.

The Future?

After the baptism service we look forward to getting to know all who have been baptised in our churches during the year and, therefore, it is our intention every year to invite all who have been recently baptised, and their families, back to church for an Annual Baptism Celebration Service.

If you are considering baptism for a child, or yourself, you’ll also find useful information on the Church of England website. Here 

Thanksgiving Service

If you decide for any reason that baptism isn’t quite right for you and your family, but you would like to give thanks to God for the wonderful gift of a child we also pleased to offer a Service of Thanksgiving.

A Thanksgiving Service is when we give thanks for the gift of a precious new child. It is not a baptism and the child may be baptised later on if they or their parents wish it. It is a good option for parents who want to recognise God’s involvement at this very special time, but don’t feel ready, or wish, to make some of the promises that accompany baptism.

Contact?

If you are interested in exploring the idea of either a Baptism or Thanksgiving Service, please contact Sandra, on 0121 445 1425 in the Parish Office, or come along to one of our services and afterwards speak with our vicar, Margaret, or ask to speak with a member of the baptism team.