Holy Baptism is one of the many important Services we hold at St. Bart’s and St Anne's and we are happy to baptise anyone who lives in the Parish from infants to adults who wish to become part of the Christian family.
We may also baptise those who do not live in our Parish, providing you have discussed this with your own Parish Vicar first; and that they are happy to sign one of our forms to state that the baptism may take place in St Bart's / St Anne's.
When choosing your Godparents, we ask that you check that they have also been baptised (Christened), as unfortunately they cannot be Godparents unless this is the case.
We usually hold the Baptism Service on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 2.30pm and the Service lasts around one hour.
In the run up towards the Baptism you will be invited to join other parents who will be having their babies baptised, on a short course to the basics of Christianity.
Our parish office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 12pm.
Feel free to Phone or drop in for a chat during those hours, and Sue will have the answers for you.
We will need to take some details from you and give you some forms to complete; and you will also be invited to Baptism Preparation sessions with the Vicar.
I don't live in Penn, can I be a godparent? Yes
Can I be a godparent if I haven't been christened / baptised myself? Unfortunately not. However they can still be involved in the christening service and in your child's life as they grow up. Ask the team about this and they will be pleased to advise.
How many godparents can I have? Every child should have at least three godparents, traditionally two of the same sex and at least one of the opposite sex to your child. We allow a maximum of four at St Bart's and St Annes.
Is there a charge for baptisms? No baptisms at St Bart's / St Anne's are free.
Is there an age limit? No
When do baptisms take place? Usually on a Sunday afternoon.
What is a godparent? Godparents are among the most important people at a christening, who make big promises to encourage their godchild to grow in faith and commit to helping them understand how to live their life in a Christian way. For more information please see: role of a godparent
Does it help my child get into St Bart's primary school? No being baptised will not have any bearing on your child getting into St Bart's.
How long is the service? About half an hour
Will there be other people getting baptised? Usually we have a number of families at the service with a loved one getting baptised at the same time.
The "Start Course " is run over 4 weeks for an hour each session. If you are not sure about Christianity or been away for a while, the short course is a brilliant introduction.
We encourage you to join us to help give you a solid foundation of Christianity as you make promises before God to bring your child up in the Christian Faith.
Why not invite the Godparents and friends and family to Join you. Its open to all.
Click here to learn more about the START Course.