We’re delighted you’re thinking of baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.

For your child, 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.

In baptism, you as parents are; thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support.

Baptism is a 'sacrament' a visible sign of God's love, where we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we all need to turn away from selfishness and evil and to accept God’s offer of a new start.

Baptisms usually takes place in the morning service, the first or third Sunday of the month. There are also two sessions before the baptism takes place, where we explore what baptism means for your child and for you as a family. These are very relaxed sessions and usually take place in the comfort of your own home.

Just a note on Godparents:  
Traditionally a child has two godparents of the same sex and one of the opposite sex but this isn’t always the case, although we do limit numbers to three. Godparents have to be over the age of 18 and be baptised themselves. Of course, you don’t need godparents if you don’t want them, the choice entirely yours.

If you would like to find out more or would like to book a baptism at St Margarets Church or our other parish church in Allhallows please get in touch with the Reverend Stephen Gwilt on 01634 250637 or via email [email protected]

St Margaret's Church Address

St Margarets Church, Cooling Rd, High Halstow
Rochester ME3 8SA