We welcome the opportunity to again welcome families for baptism at St Peter & St Paul. If you have visited our website with a view to arranging a baptism, we would encourage you to please note the following, which follows the latest Church of England guidance:
For the time being, baptisms cannot be quite as they were before the pandemic. However, they will be just as meaningful and important as always, and we aim to make the experience as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Of course, you may wish to delay your service until a later date, when, hopefully, the situation is further improved. We will be happy to discuss this with you.
Initial meetings and subsequent preparation will have to be in keeping with the latest social distancing guidelines, possibly even by video link. Special care must be taken in the case of anyone who is self-isolating or in a vulnerable group.
Particular care will also need to be taken with regard to the baptism service itself, to ensure that vulnerable people are protected, including travelling to and from the church. People who feel unwell should stay at home in accordance with Government guidelines. A family member may wish to record or livestream the service for those unable to attend.
Baptisms will, for the duration of the coronavirus restrictions, be carried out separately from the principle Sunday services. Numbers will be limited to 20, including the celebrant, the child, the parents and godparents. Those bringing a child for baptism should discuss this with their family and friends to avoid disappointment. Again, anyone attending is welcome to record or livestream the service.
It is important to note that we will encourage safe social distancing and good hygiene throughout the service. Hand sanitizer gel will be available. And please note that masks or face-coverings must be worn for all church services and gatherings.
If you have any questions about bringing a child for baptism, or to arrange a date, please contact one of the clergy, either Ken Havey on 01702 203668, or Stephanie Stroebel on 01702 200901.