Baptism At The Haworth Parish Churches
Baptism marks the beginning of your Christian journey, and is not just a blessing but also a commitment to follow Jesus for the rest of your life. You can be baptised at any age; and it is not just for children but also for everyone who wants to make a public commitment to Jesus.
Once you have made that commitment to follow Jesus you should want to meet with fellow Christians on a regular basis; which in Haworth’s case can be either at St Michael & All Angels or St Gabriel in Stanbury. (Baptisms are carried out at both.)
Who Can Get Baptised?
Anyone who wants to be a disciple of Jesus is welcome to be baptised. However, we believe that it best to get baptised in your local church, or where you have a connection to the church. The ‘connections’ we tend to work to are: anyone who lives within Haworth Parish boundaries or has a Haworth postal address; where the parents or grandparents are regular church attendees at Haworth Parish church or St Gabriel Stanbury; or if the parents got married in the church.
The Preparation for Baptism
To be baptised at either church it is important for you to get to know the people and they you, so that they can pray for and support you. It is also important to understand what being a follower of Jesus means and what baptism is all about. Therefore we ask baptism families and candidates to attend church regularly for three months before being baptised. As part of the preparation we ask that all candidates, and especially parents of children being baptised, attend a baptism preparation class on a Saturday morning. It is also highly likely that a priest will want to visit you at home in order to get to know you better.
When Will the Baptism Take Place?
Once you have started attending church regularly our baptism coordinator will discuss possible dates. At both churches baptisms are held in the family worship services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. At Stanbury the service is at 9:30am while Haworth’s is 10:45am. We realise that for many baptism is rightly a time of celebration but do ask that people discuss with us first the baptism dates before making bookings and / or commitments as we may not be able to honour those.
How Much Will it Cost?
We make no charge for baptisms, as we believe it is an opportunity for those involved to receive God’s blessing. Obviously as the baptism takes place in a service there will be a collection. It is up to you how much you give; alternatively many people choose to give a donation to the church restoration fund where any gifts are gratefully received.
Who can be a God Parent or Supporter?
As God Parents or supporters are asked to make promises to help the baptised in their Christian life it is essential that they are Christians. They should be baptised and confirmed. We like them to attend the baptism preparation class alongside the parents. People of other faiths are welcome to make a commitment to support the baptism candidate, but are unable to be named as ‘God parents’ for obvious reasons. Again please discuss this with our baptism coordinator before making a commitment.
Usually somebody being baptised has three god parents or supporters: which for Girls/Women-usually is one male and two female god parents/supporters; for Boys/Men-usually is one female and two male god parents/supporters.
What if I / we can’t make the promises?
Occasionally after reading the promises baptism candidates and their family are expected to make, some realise they cannot make them. In this situation an alternative to baptism is the service of thanksgiving. This takes places within the Sunday morning services and is where we give thanks to God for the safe arrival of the child. No promises or commitments are made by the parents; and of course the child will not be baptised.
Please contact us using the contact form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively you can contact Rev’d Peter Mayo-Smith by email at email@example.com or by phone at 01535 648464.