Baptisms and Blessings and Namings


Baptisms

Andy, our Vicar (phone 01483 892109 or email) will happily speak with you on the phone or online or arrange to meet with you to discuss your service and try to answer any questions you may have.  Or you could arrange to talk to him in church after a 9.45 Service on a Sunday. But please read the following first!

In order to foster a relationship with your local church, if you do not live in the parish of Holy Trinity, we may not be able to offer you one of these services (unless you have a family connection with the church – for example, that your parents or grandparents lived in Bramley, or were married in the church.)

Baptism is about making a commitment to become a member of the Christian church and to seek a real and active Christian faith. If this is not your intention, then a Blessing Service or Naming Ceremony (which is non-religious) might be more suitable.

We can supply you with sample copies of all these services/ceremonies.

We can organise a “stand alone” service of Baptism for just you and your family and friends, which is often late morning on a Sunday (around 11.30am) or at another mutually agreed time. These “stand alone” services last about 20-25 minutes and can include music (religious or non-religious), poems and tributes of your own choosing. For those who are regular attenders at Holy Trinity, there is the option of a baptism during the main 9.45 am service, to share in the joy with the wider church family!

We can help you plan a special, personalised service. You will be given a Certificate, a candle, and little laminated cards are given to the Godparents.

Baptism services are free, but donations from you and your family and friends on or before the day of the service are appreciated.   

Blessings

We are happy to do “Blessing Services” for children (also called ‘Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child’). These are more suitable for those who might be uneasy about the Christian commitment involved in baptism.

Blessings can be done by the vicar in your home, or another venue (if the venue allows it) with just you, or as many people present as may be possible. Or, as a simple, “stand alone”, service for just you and your family/friends. Like a baptism, these could be late morning on a Sunday (around 11.30am) or at another mutually agreed time.

Blessings can include religious and non-religious music, poems and tributes of your own choosing. You can choose to have “Supporting Friends” instead of Godparents.

Blessing services are free, but donations from you and your family and friends on or before the day of the service are appreciated. 

Namings

We can also do simple “Naming Ceremonies” that are non-religious (although prayers, etc, can be added.)

As with our “Stand-Alone” baptisms and blessings, these can include religious and non-religious music, poems and tributes of your own choosing.

Naming ceremonies are free, but donations from you and your family and friends on or before the day of the service are appreciated.