St. Mary's with St. Peter's

Bury St. Edmunds

Tel: 01284 754680

Baptism service

First steps on an amazing journey

During a christening your child will be baptized with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.

Your child is precious to you and precious to God. You want the very best for them, and so does God. You want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others.

A christening is just the beginning of this and so much more.

Over the years to come, it’s a journey you’ll share together with your child by:

So it’s a commitment to start as you mean to go on. Think carefully about this commitment – you’ll be making big promises in public about bringing your child to church and setting them a good example as a committed Christian.

We would expect people to have been regularly worshipping with us before agreeing a date for baptism. We would also want to spend time with you, explaining the meaning and significance of baptism. If you don’t live in our parish and would find it hard to sustain the commitment of bringing a child to one of our churches, then we would suggest that you approach your own parish church.


It is usual for a child to have three godparents (for a boy, two men and one woman; for a girl, two women and sld man). Godparents must have themselves been baptised and be willing to help your child grow as a Christian.

The service

Because at baptism we welcome the child into the family and community of the church, the baptism service usually takes place in one of our main Sunday services. There is no charge for the service if it takes place in one of our main Sunday services. If you wish the service to be at some other time, this may be possible, though there may be a charge to pay if a verger, sound operator or organist/musician is required.