Baptism Preparation Meeting Dates.
Baptism Preparation evenings are usually on the first Tuesday of every month. Meetings are in the War Memorial Hall Cafe. You cancheck it's on and register that you are coming by phoning Brian Robinson on 07488 713013. See some of the FAQs below before phoning Brian, as they will help you with your plans.
Baptism and Thanksgiving Services
The birth of a child is an exciting event. many parents want to celebrate this in church, seeking prayer for themselves and for their child. The Church of England has two different types of service.
A Service of Thanksgiving
A service to thank God for the birth of your baby. This doesn't have the commitments and promises of a baptism service. Some people have a Thanksgiving Service for their baby soon after they are born and have a Baptism Service at a later date. A thanksgiving service would usually be held during the 10.00am service.
A Baptism Service
Baptism contains some very important commitments for the parents and godparents. They promise that children who are baptised will be brought up as Christians within the Church. It is important that the child learns about God’s love for us, and to follow Jesus. You can also be baptised as an adult believer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Godparents - what is their role?
A child’s godparents undertake to play a role in the Christian upbringing of the child. We would strongly recommend that you do not choose your godparents before speaking to the Clergy of the Church. Godparents must have been baptised themselves.
Can anyone be baptised at Morecambe Parish Church?
If you live in the parish of our church you are entitled to seek Baptism even if you are not yet a regular church attender. It is a great way to start or renew a commitment to God and his people.
Are we eligible to have a service at Morecambe Parish Church?
Baptism should normally take place in your own parish church, as that is usually the best community to put your promises into practise. So, if you:
(a) live in our parish or
(b) regularly attend our church
then MPC is the right place for you.
If you live outside our parish boundary, you ought to have a strong connection with our church. We will also ask you to contact your own parish priest (or if no priest, a churchwarden), as you need their goodwill before making any arrangements. We can provide contact details if you need them.
Please note that from 29/7/2018 we won't have a Rector, so we will have to give priority to people from our own parish. As we will be relying on retired or visiting clergy to help us, we may not be able to arrange a service for the date you seek.
How do I arrange a Baptism?
If you wish to proceed with baptism, you will need to attend one of our Baptism Preparation sessions. They usually take place on the first Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the War Memorial Hall Cafe. We provide a short presentation about baptism and how it relates to following Jesus. We'll talk through the practicalities - parish boundaries, godparents, the service itself and also how we might help you to fulfil the promises you will be making.
Refreshments will be available and if you are ready to make a booking on the night, you can do that as well. We recommend that you arrange a babysitter and we promise to finish by 8pm at the very latest.
Dates requested at the booking evening are provisional. We will contact you afterwards to confirm that a minister is available to take the service.
Will someone come to see me?
A Baptism Visitor will contact you and arrange a time to come and visit you a few days before your service. They will come and fill in forms and talk to you about the service and the commitment you are making. Everything is very informal please do ask as many questions as you like.
When is the service?
Services are usually held on a Sunday at 12 Noon on the 1st and 3rd Sunday in the month (and 5th when there is one!). It is occasionally possible for the Baptism to be part of some of our main Sunday Morning 10.00am services.
However, whilst we have no Rector, all arrangements are subject to the availability of visiting clergy.
What does it cost?
There is no charge for a Baptism or a Thanksgiving Service. However, we value the voluntary donations people make at all our services to enable the life and ministry of our church to continue to be available to our community.