Baptisms in our Anglican churches are conducted either within the 10.30 service at St. Mary's Twyford, the 11.00 service at St Nicholas Hurst or at a separate service of baptism at 13.00 at St. James Ruscombe. Baptisms at the URC normally take place within the10.30 Sunday morning service.
Baptisms at St Mary’s, Twyford or St James Ruscombe
After your initial enquiry about a baptism, you will be asked to attend a Family Service at St. Mary's Church on the first Sunday of the month, after which you will be given an information pack and invited to meet with the minister who will conduct your child’s baptism. This is an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the promises that you will make in Baptism, and to arrange a date and venue for the service.
Baptisms at St Nicholas, Hurst
After your initial enquiry about a baptism, you will be given an information pack and invited to meet with the minister who will conduct your child’s baptism. This is an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the promises that you will make in Baptism, and to arrange a date for the service.
We can also offer a Service of Naming and Blessing in any of our Anglican churches should you prefer.
Baptisms at the URC
Jesus welcomed little children coming to him, and we gladly receive children who come to us. Baptism is a special act in which children are blessed and become members of the universal Church. As such it is an unrepeatable act. This means that if they have been baptized as an infant, they cannot later be baptized as an adult. At least one parent or guardian needs to make certain promises, as part of the Baptism. If you do not feel able to make any promises, or wish your child to choose for themselves in adult life whether or not to be part of the Church, we can offer you a service of 'Dedication, Blessing and Naming'. This service does not involve a Christian commitment, and doesn't prevent your child choosing to be baptized later in life.
After the baptism
As your child's baptism anniversaries approach you will be invited to remember this special occasion for the first few years in either a Family Service at St Mary’s, or at Messy Church at St Nicholas, by the lighting of the baptism candle.
Twyford and Ruscombe
After your child's third birthday he or she is warmly welcome to join our Explorers group for children aged 3-6 at St Mary’s, Twyford which meets during the 10.30 service except on the first Sunday of the month when we all stay together for a short and informal Family Service.
We would especially encourage you to join us at St Nicholas Church on the second Sunday of the month for our short all-age service at 11am and on the fourth Sunday when we hold Messy Church, also at 11am. At other times there will be a Sunday Club for children during our 11am service, or an activity table available in the church.
Children and their families are always welcome in our churches!