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Baptism FAQs 

What is the difference between a baptism and a christening?
There is no difference, these terms are interchangeable but for simplicity we here at Euxton Parish Church tend to refer to being baptised at a baptism service.

What is baptism?
During a baptism your child will be baptised with water. It is a special day however it is not just a ‘one off’ celebration, it is the start of your child’s journey in the Christian faith – something that will fundamentally shape their beliefs, values and character as they grow, as well as providing them with friends and support throughout their lives. During the service you and the godparents make promises, in front of your friends and loved ones, to raise your child in the Christian faith and help guide them in their journey. 

We recognise that you are choosing to have your child baptised in church for a reason (as opposed to having a non-religious naming ceremony) but if you don’t feel that you can make the promises with integrity then there is the option of a ‘Thanksgiving’ service. This service still takes place in church and celebrates the birth and gift of your child but is more about giving thanks to God, praying for them and for you as parents. Do please speak to us to find out more.
 
What is the process to get my child baptised?
Please complete the initial enquiry form (HERE).  We will then be in touch to invite you to attend our next baptism preparation sessions which are a mandatory part of the process. In these sessions we explain what baptism is about and tell you everything you need to know.

Once you have had your preparation sessions you will be provided with the form to book the baptism itself. The booking form gives you space to put your preferred dates and times - once we have received this we will be in touch to confirm the date and time.

Who needs to attend the baptism preparation sessions?
It would be great if both parents/guardians can be at the preparation session where circumstances and childcare allow but we understand if this is not possible. 

What days are baptism services held on?
Our baptism services are held on a Sunday unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

Can I pick a specific date?
Your booking form will ask you to provide 3 dates in order of preference. We will always try to accommodate your most preferable date but would only be able to confirm back to you after you submit your form. Dates are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis although it is possible to 2 baptisms within the same service. 

What time do baptism services take place?
Baptism services may be held:

  • As part of a public morning service at either 9:15am (which is an all age family service) or 11am (which is a more traditional service) – with your church family present to share your joy and welcome your child into the community
  • In an afternoon at either 14:00 or 15:00 – for a more private celebration

It is quite common for 2 baptisms to be held within the same service. We cannot guarantee that yours will be the only child getting baptised on a particular date. 

Who is entitled to be baptised at Euxton Parish Church?
Anyone who lives within the Ecclesiastical (church) parish of Euxton (following preparation).

How do I know if I live in the Parish?
You can use your postcode and the Parish Finder tool from A Church Near You.

What if I don’t live in the Parish of Euxton?
By having your child baptised, you are promising to bring them up in the Christian faith and we want to help you in that. If you live outside the Parish but are part of our church family here in Euxton and/or have links which make you prefer to have your child baptised here instead of at your local church, this is not a problem but we would ask that you specify what the reason is for wanting your child baptised here. You will also need to seek the permission of your local vicar to have your child baptised at Euxton - we can talk to you about this.

How many Godparents can I have?
It is traditional to have 3 Godparents (2 the same sex as the child, and one of the opposite sex) – but this is not a steadfast ‘rule’. If you are struggling for 3 godparents then please do speak to us, there are other options. 

Do godparents have to be Christian?
Yes. A huge part of the role of a godparent is to guide your child in the Christian faith. They cannot do so if they do not share that same faith. 

Many families feel pressure to bestow the role of godparent onto someone to signify how special and important they are in their lives (e.g. a close aunt or uncle). They will be making promises, along with you as parents, to support and pray for them as you guide them in growing in the Christian faith. It is a matter of integrity, if they do not feel comfortable making these promises, then they can still have a special part in your child’s life, but maybe the role of godparent isn’t right for them.
 
Do godparents have to be baptised themselves?
Yes. Godparents must be baptised and we ask that at least one godparent is confirmed. This is because they are making promises about helping your child to grow in their faith.  If the Christian faith is not something they believe in, then how are they, with integrity, going to make the promises required of them? 

Is there a cost?
There is no charge for having your child baptised. Families are of course welcome to make a donation to the church (as we do incur costs heating/lighting the building etc) but please be assured there is no obligation to do so – we would not want money to be a barrier to us welcoming your child into our church family. 

What if I don’t come to church?
If you are asking this question it probably means you don’t currently attend our church regularly – and that’s okay! Everyone is welcome at Euxton, whatever stage of their ‘faith journey’ they are at. You may consider yourself as someone who has always been a committed Christian, or you may simply be ‘dipping your toe in the water’ – wherever you are at, we would love to meet you (if we haven’t already). 

We would really encourage you to come and join us for some services as you get ready for your child’s baptism. Some services are more geared to families and the details are on our website and includes details as to what to expect - you will be more than welcome. If you’ve any questions then just get in touch with us.
 
Covid-19: When are baptisms resuming? (updated 25/06/2021)
We are now preparing to resume baptisms and the preparation sessions. If you have already had a preparation session (in 2020) you should have received an email inviting you to make your booking. If you are awaiting an invite you will hear from us before the end of June. As you can imagine we have had a lot of enquiries recently so thank you for your patience.

More information can be found at the Church of England christenings website
 

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Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
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Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome

The following information is specifically for those planning to visit us for the first time, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

All our services take place in the Church Community Centre (details below) whilst there are building works in the church building .

We have a car park on School Lane, Euxton.
For church -  there is a footpath from the car park, which brings you out in the church grounds.  
For church community centre - the entrance is opposite the car park entrance (across School Lane).

When you arrive, you will be greeted by one of our welcomers who will happily welcome you and answer any questions.


Our Services on a Sunday

8am BCP Holy Communion
9.15am All Age Service
11am Morning Prayer / Holy Communion

Whilst each of our services is different, you can expect a warm welcome;  relevant preaching based in the Word of God and a friendly group of people ready to learn more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus. 

8am BCP Holy Communion - is a quiet, said service using traditional language.
9.15am All Age - a lively service, interactive with worship songs.
11am - more traditional, liturgical service with hymns.

Children of all ages are welcome in every service (though some services are more geared towards families e.g. 9.15am All Age).

Our Services on a Wednesday
9.15am Early Birds Service (for pre schoolers and their carers)
11am Holy Communion

Do check the calendar to see which service is on each week.

images: Services


Is there a dress code?

No!  Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.


What about my children?

Children are welcome at all of our services, though some are more aimed towards children and families.

Wednesday's in term time - Early Birds at 9.15am in church (for pre-schoolers and their carers).


Children

Will I have to join in?

Not at all!  You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.

Plan your journey: 

Open Google Maps

Accessibility: 

There is wheelchair access to church, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the sidespeople know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There is a toilet at the front of church with level access from outside.

 

 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
 
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
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Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
  
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel welcome and at home at our church.  If you have any questions then please just get in touch.

We look forward to meeting you.