Baptism (Christening)

It is a joy to welcome a child or adult into God’s family through baptism.

If you are thinking about having your baby or child baptised (christened), or want to be baptised as an adult, please contact Hazel Miller, the Parish Administrator, on 01494 726680 or email office@stmichaelsamersham.org.uk

A member of the clergy will meet with you a couple of times to get to know you and answer any questions you might have about baptism. He or she will also arrange for you to have a short walk-through in church a day or two before the service. Baptisms usually take place during the 10am Eucharist (Communion Service) on a Sunday, when members of the congregation will be there to welcome the newly baptised. The church will also promise to support and pray for you and your child. It is possible to have a baptism at another time if you have particular reasons for wanting this.

It is usual to choose at least three godparents: two of the same sex as the child (if possible) and one of the opposite sex. Godparents can be family members or friends. However, it is important that you choose people who will take an interest in your child's spiritual welfare. They should be baptised themselves. The priest taking the baptism will give you a form from which the baptism certificate and godparents’ cards can be produced. These will be given to you during the service along with a baptism candle.

The Church of England website has a useful section on baptism: http://churchofenglandchristenings.org/