We are delighted that you are considering having your child baptised at one of the team churches. Your child is precious to you and precious to God and we join you in celebrating your child's birth. Your child does not need to be a tiny baby to be baptised, a child or adult of any age can be baptised. Baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

There are some common questions about baptism that we would like to give some answers to here for you to think over.


What church should I have my child baptised in?

Every local church has a geographical area for which it is responsible. Baptisms would usually take place in your local parish church, or in the church where you normally worship. Hanley Team Ministry is divided into five churches and districts, and the maps on each church page shows you where they are placed. If you are not sure which district your home is in, contact the Revd Christine Broad, via the main 'Contact Us' page.

If you live outside a district, we can only arrange baptisms within the church in certain circumstances; for example if you were married there. If you do not live within the district or do not normally worship here we cannot baptise your child without the permission of your own parish priest. If you are not sure, please don't hesitate to contact us.


When do Baptisms happen?

This will vary according to the church. Some of the churches have an 'All Age' service once a month which baptisms usually take place in for the whole church family to join in. In all cases, we encourage baptisms to take place within the normal Sunday service so that the church can join with the family in making promises and welcoming the child to the church family.


What will happen during a Baptism service?

Baptism is the start of a child's journey with God and during the service you will make some decisions for your child. You will need to be able to answer the questions which the priest will ask in the name of the church. You will receive a special candle during the service and individual certificates for parents and godparents as a reminder of what you have promised.


Can I be baptised too?

Of course. And we would be delighted if you wanted to make this commitment. With adults however, we would expect to give instruction and Baptism would often be combined with Confirmation. Please have a talk with the minister of your local church.

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