The Parishes of Dunham Massey



Congratulations! We’re so thankful for your joyful news! As a church, we love to welcome families and children into our church family, and we long to see many young people grow up knowing Jesus!

What is baptism?

Often called a Christening, baptism is an outward sign of what Jesus promises: He promises to wash people clean from their sin, inside out. This promise is for all who put their trust in Jesus, whatever their age!

What will happen at a baptism service?

You and your family and friends will gather together, some big promises will be made, at least one of you will get wet, and it will be a celebration!

What should I think about if I want my child baptised?

 As well as a lovely and joyful occasion, baptism is a serious moment in anyone’s life. Big and lasting promises are made either by the candidate if they are able, or their parents making those promises on behalf of their child. It is a dedication to live your/their life for Jesus, being a committed member of our church family, and putting Christ as foremost in your life. These promises are not to be taken lightly and must be made with integrity.

What if I don’t feel comfortable making these promises?

That is totally fine, we don’t want to pressure you into doing something you don’t believe. If that’s you, we also offer a thanksgiving service. This is similar to a baptism: people come together, your child is brought up to the front, and we give thanks for them. The big difference is no water, and no promises, which means no godparents but you can nominate people as ‘sponsors’. You even still get the party afterwards!

What if I am serious about these promises, what do I do next?

If that’s you, brilliant! Please speak to Aled, our vicar, who will let you know the dates of a baptism preparation session that we run. This will help you see what baptism is, what the promises are, and help you get ready. Once you have done this, Aled will arrange with Margaret our administrator a suitable date for your baptism to take place.

What do I do about godparents?

 Godparents are nominated people, usually close friends, or family members, who will also make the bog promises on behalf of your child, as they will help you with bringing your child up in the Christian faith. As such, godparents must be baptised, and ideally confirmed members of the church. Ideally you should have a minimum of three, and no more than five godparents, and they must be over the age of 16 (though do speak to Aled if you have a suitable younger candidate)


If you wish to book a date, please come to our ‘surgery’ hour at St Mark’s Church.

This is usually Wednesday evenings during term time between 5:30 and 7pm to meet Aled. It is worth emailing first to ensure the surgery is taking place. 

Please click here to download our form to fill in beforehand.