Baptisms

Baptisms and thanksgivings for the birth of a child are wonderful occasions and St Mary's would be delighted to celebrate with you.  

Though people often do consider baptism as a response to the birth of a child, it is also possible to have a joyous ceremony of thanksgiving if you decide that you would prefer for your child not to be baptised.  Please speak to the Rector or Associate Rector if you would like to discuss this further.

At baptism, you begin your child’s journey of faith with them and promise to help them to discover God’s love.  In baptism, your child becomes a member of God’s church and part of God’s family.   Baptism is a very special occasion for you and for the church. 

When you bring children to baptism, you and the godparents make statements of faith and promises on behalf of your child .  It is important that you know what these statements and promises are in advance and think about them.  They are precious. If you do decide to have your child baptised, the Rector or Associate Rector will be pleased to talk further with you about what is involved.

In the Scottish Episcopal Church it’s the normal practice for the rite of baptism to take place within a service of Holy Communion, though it is possible to have the baptism  take place in a shorter service without communion if that is preferred.