We are delighted that you
are interested in having your child baptised in Church.
In Scripture St Matthew
(Matthew 19: 13-15) records Jesus saying 'let
the children come to me.' We are also told that
Jesus blessed the children brought to Him, so we would offer that blessing to
your child and your family.
So what is Baptism? This is
a special service in
which your child is received into membership of the
Church. At this service you, as parents, with the child's Godparents
(sometimes known as sponsors), will be asked to make promises that you will
bring up your child in the Christian Faith. It is a serious business, and not to be undertaken lightly.
The vows taken at Baptism are
as serious as those taken at a Wedding or any other important event.
Baptism is the first stage
of a child becoming part of the family of the Church, and we hope as they grow older they will make the promises you
undertake for them at Baptism for themselves at CONFIRMATION.
Because we take Baptism
seriously we would ask you as parents to attend Church at least three times
before the ceremony. Services at St
Mary and All Saints, Whalley are currently at 10.00 am on Sundays.
The ceremony of Baptism for
those who do not usually attend Church are held by arrangement. If you wish to have your baby/child baptised
in the main service please negotiate this with the Vicar.
You need to attend Church
one Sunday to pick up a Baptism Form.
Initially, please book your
child's baptism with the Clerk (telephone number 01254 823249)
who will be able to tell you if the date you require is free. This date will
then be confirmed by post.
In the weeks leading up to
your child's baptism the Vicar or one of the Clergy
Team will visit you.
We look forward to seeing
you on this special occasion.