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					  ST NICHOLAS’ CHURCH


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Ring one of the numbers below, or call in at the St Nicholas’ Centre on a
                                                                                   Arranging a Baptism
Thursday evening (7:00-7:45 PM), or come to Church on a Sunday morning
(our main service starts at 11:00 AM). If you are not familiar with                at St Nicholas’
St Nicholas’, the best way to get a feel for the Church is to attend a
service—you will be very welcome!
                                                                                   Thank you for your enquiry about arranging a Baptism (sometimes
We trust that all your plans go well, and that the Baptism service
                                                                                   called a ’christening’) at St Nicholas’ Church, Halewood.
will be the special and important occasion that you hope for.
                                                                                   Here are answers to some questions you may have.
Parish Office:
      (0151) 487 9965                                                              HOW DO WE ARRANGE A BAPTISM AT
The Revd Alan Jewell (Team Rector):
                                                                                   ST NICHOLAS’ CHURCH?
      (0151) 487 5610                                                              Our usual time to meet those who want to arrange a Baptism at St Nicholas’
Mrs Sandra Brown (Baptism Secretary):                                              is between 7:00 and 7:45 PM on Thursday evenings at the
                                                                                   St Nicholas’ Centre (70 Church Road, next door to the Church). You don’t
      (0151) 487 5987                                                              need to make an appointment, just call in. We will do our best to find a
                                                                                   convenient date from those we have available. You will need to fill in an
                                                                                   application form. If Thursday evenings are difficult, please contact us to
                                                                                   make alternative arrangements. Please note that on some occasions, e.g.
                                                                                   during school holidays and around Christmas or Easter, we may not be
                                                                                   open. Please ring one of the numbers given at the end of this leaflet.


                                                                                   WHO CAN BE BAPTISED AT
 Details of the Baptism Service for—                                               ST NICHOLAS’?
                                                                                   Anyone who lives in the parish of Halewood can be Baptised, or
 Name:                                                                             bring a child to be Baptised, at St Nicholas’. If, however, you live in
                                                                                   the area of Halewood around St Mary’s (Leathers Lane), it might make more
                                                                                   sense for the service to be held there, as this is your local Church.
 Date and Time of Service:                                                         (To contact St Mary’s, see details at the end of this leaflet.)
                                                                                   If you don’t live in the parish of Halewood, but you particularly want to
                                                                                   arrange a Baptism at St Nicholas’—because you have a genuine connection
 Church Visit:                                                                     with the Church—it may still be possible. Before such a Baptism can go
                                                                                   ahead we ask you to make contact with the Church in the area where you
                                                                                   live and to seek the goodwill of the Minister there. Normally he or she will

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                                          Baptism Enquiries Leaflet / 21/06/2012
ST NICHOLAS’ CHURCH                                                                               HALEWOOD ECUMENICAL TEAM

write to us to indicate that there is no objection to the Baptism taking
place at St Nicholas’.
                                                                                                                        THE HOME VISIT
If you are not sure which parish you live in, please ask—we can usually       This will usually be arranged with you at the Church visit, some time
help! (You can also find out online: www.achurchnearyou.com)                  in the fortnight before the Baptism. The Minister and your
                                                                              Baptism Sponsor will be able to tell you everything you need to know
                                                                              about the service. If it is convenient, we will come to you—but if you
WHEN WILL THE SERVICE BE?                                                     prefer, we can arrange to meet somewhere else (like the
Baptisms normally happen on certain Sundays in the month and                  St Nicholas’ Centre, for example). If Godparents are available, we like
the service is usually at 12:45 PM. (We arrange some services at              to meet them too and can help them to understand their part in the
4:00 PM, but these take place only occasionally.)                             service and the responsibilities that they will take on. If for any
                                                                              reason we are not able to arrange a visit, it may be possible to go
When you book the Baptism service you will be offered a choice of dates.
                                                                              through the basics with you by ‘phone; but, on the whole, we like to
We will do our best to find one to suit you, but please bear in mind that
                                                                              meet you!
some dates get fully booked well in advance, and certain dates are not
available for other reasons. (For example, we do not usually have             The visit may be arranged for an evening or a daytime—whichever is
Baptism services in August because of holidays, nor in December               most convenient.
because of the extra services in the period leading up to Christmas.)
                                                                                               WHO WILL TAKE THE SERVICE?
Please don’t make any other arrangements (e.g. booking a                      We have a team of Clergy (male and female) who take Baptisms at
venue for a party) until we have agreed a date and time.                      St Nicholas’. If you have particular contact with one of the team,
                                                                              it may be possible to arrange for that person to take the service,
                                                                              but we can’t guarantee your first choice!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
You will be pleased to know that there is no charge for a
Baptism service! We will also provide a Baptism certificate and cards         WHAT IF WE NEED TO POSTPONE OR
for Godparents at no cost to you.
                                                                              CANCEL THE BAPTISM SERVICE?
During the service, a collection will be taken and you will be able to make   PLEASE GET IN TOUCH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
a donation then, if you wish. The collection helps with the Church’s
running costs. You will probably be aware that it is an expensive business    We will do all we can to help. If for any reason you change your
to keep St Nicholas’ ’afloat’ and that we rely on the generosity of           plans, please let us know. If possible, we like to see you in person—
parishioners and visitors.                                                    Thursday evenings are usually the best times—but you may prefer to
                                                                              write. We prefer not to change arrangements over the ‘phone.
If you want to know more about supporting the Church on a regular
basis, or making a donation, please ask. If you are a tax-payer, please       If your address or telephone numbers change, please let us
consider making your donation a Gift Aid payment, allowing us to              know. If we are not able to contact you we may assume that the
reclaim the tax you have already paid on your gift.                           Baptism is cancelled!




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ST NICHOLAS’ CHURCH                                                                                       HALEWOOD ECUMENICAL TEAM


WHAT PREPARATION WILL WE HAVE?                                                  WHAT ABOUT THE SERVICE?
                                                                                St Nicholas’ uses a contemporary form of service and we can let you have a
                                       BAPTISM SECRETARY                        copy to look at beforehand if you wish.
The administration for Baptism services is done by our
Baptism Secretary. Her telephone number is on the back page of this             If you have a particular hymn that you would like to sing, or a prayer or
leaflet if you have any queries.                                                Bible reading that you would like included, please let us know.
                                                                                The Minister taking the service is responsible for making the final choices,
                                          THE CHURCH VISIT                      but we welcome suggestions.
We ask you to attend the 11:00 AM Service at St Nicholas’ on the
Sunday two weeks before the date of the Baptism. This will help you
                                                                                                                                     GODPARENTS
to familiarise yourself with the Church so that you feel at home. It also       When you book the Baptism, you will be asked to give details of the people
enables us to meet you—something we enjoy doing! We like both parents           you would like to act as Godparents. If you don’t have this information at
to attend if they can, but we quite understand that it may not be possible.     the time, it will be possible to for you to let us know later.
Please invite the Godparents and the child’s grandparents or other              Church law requires Godparents to be Baptized and Confirmed.
members of the family and friends. In fact, the more the merrier!               It doesn’t matter in which Christian Church they were Baptised or
At the end of the service, please don’t rush off, but introduce yourself to a   Confirmed. If it is not possible for you to find Godparents who have been
member of the Clergy or someone who is on duty as Sidesperson or                Confirmed, then this requirement may be relaxed. Someone who has not
Warden (e.g. the people who are collecting the hymnbooks).                      been Baptised, however, cannot be a Godparent.
Someone from the Church will come to speak to you. (Usually, it will be the     Traditionally, children have three Godparents—two of the same sex as the
Minister who will be taking the Baptism service and your Baptism                child, and one of the opposite sex. If you cannot find three Godparents,
Sponsor—see below.) We will try to arrange a convenient time to meet you        then one of each sex will be sufficient. It is possible to have more,
to talk through the Baptism.                                                    if you wish.
                                  THE BAPTISM SPONSOR                           Godparents share responsibility with the parents to see that the child is
Each child who is Baptised at St Nicholas’ has a                                given a Christian upbringing within the family of the Church. At the service,
Baptism Sponsor— this is a member of the congregation whose job it is           they will be asked:
to help make the Baptism go as well as possible. Baptism Sponsors are all       Minister:    Will you pray for them, draw them by your example into the
regular worshippers at St Nicholas’ who know how important these                             community of faith and walk with them in the way of Christ?
occasions are, and who will do what they can to help you feel at ease
when the big day comes. They can also tell you a bit more about the life of     And must be able to reply:
the Church—activities for children and adults, services and so on. (Baptism                  With the help of God, we will.
Sponsors are all volunteers, so you will get a genuine, unbiased opinion!)
                                                                                Minister:    In baptism these children begin their journey in faith.
If you have a connection with one of our Sponsors (e.g. if you have                          You speak for them today.
previously brought a child for Baptism here, or one of the Sponsors                          Will you care for them, and help them to take their place within
happens to be a friend or neighbour of yours), please let us know. We will                   the life and worship of Christ’s Church?
see if we can arrange for them to be your child’s Sponsor.
                                                                                             With the help of God, we will.



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ST NICHOLAS’ CHURCH                                                                                         HALEWOOD ECUMENICAL TEAM

Since Godparents promise to help the child to become a regular worshipper,                                                                    CHILDREN
it makes more sense if they are themselves regular worshippers.                  We love having children in Church—that’s why we Baptise them!
           HOW MANY GUESTS CAN WE INVITE?                                        But we understand that little ones can get restless and we don’t expect them
                                                                                 to be still and quiet for the whole service. Please feel free to get up and take
Some people invite just the immediate family and Godparents to the service,
                                                                                 them for a walk—at the back of Church there is a carpeted room with
while others throw a big party for everyone they know! Please bear in mind
                                                                                 comfortable chairs. There are some toys and books for little ones. You can
that the Church holds around 225 people. At Baptism services, we often
                                                                                 still see what is happening in the service through the glass screen, and the
have four families taking part, so if each family comes with 50-60 guests,
                                                                                 sound is relayed through a speaker, so you won’t miss out too much.
the place will be full. We love seeing lots of people in Church, but please be
                                                                                 We don’t have anyone on duty to run a crèche during Baptism services, so a
aware that if you invite too many guests, we cannot guarantee that they will
                                                                                 responsible adult will need to stay with them. (You might like to know that on
all get a seat!
                                                                                 Sunday mornings, we do provide a crèche, so that you are free to leave little
                                                                                 ones while you stay in Church. Our crèche staff are all volunteers who are
                                                                                 trained in Child Protection, and all have been CRB checked. The same is true
ON THE DAY                                                                       of all those who work with children and young people on behalf of our
We ask parents and Godparents to be in their places at least                     Church.)
15 minutes before the service is due to start. In fact, we like all guests
to arrive in good time so that we can start promptly. (Please remember that      There is a toilet at the back of the church.
if you arrive late, it is not just your own family and friends that will be      If your child is upset during the service (it happens!), please don’t be
inconvenienced.)                                                                 embarrassed to provide whatever he or she needs—food, drink, a changed
Those who are to be Baptised, and their parents and Godparents, will be          nappy, or just a change of scenery. We recommend that you use the room at
seated at the front of one of the sections of the Church. We try to make         the back, and promise that when we need you to return to the service,
sure that all of your guests are seated together in one area of the Church.      someone will come and get you—we won’t forget about you!

We can make arrangements for guests in wheelchairs to be seated with the         If you have any other queries, please speak to one of the Wardens or
rest of their party: please let us know if anyone requires this. We are doing    Sponsors on duty.
our best to make St Nicholas' accessible to all our visitors, but the building                                PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEOS
does have some limitations.
                                                                                 We ask the congregation not to take pictures or use video cameras
                                                      CAR PARKING                during the service. They can be off-putting for other people and we think
We have some car parking space at the Church, but not a lot! Parking for all     that everyone who attends the service should take a full part in it: there are
services at St Nicholas’ is an issue, but the 12:45 PM Baptism services are a    more important things than taking pictures. You may want to stay behind in
particular problem as the congregation from the 11:00 AM service may not         Church for a while after the service has finished and take photos then.
have left by the time you arrive. Please let your guests know what the                                                             MOBILE PHONES
options are, and suggest that they leave enough time to find a space
                                                                                 We ask that phones and pagers are switched off when you are in Church—
elsewhere and walk to Church, if possible. If you are coming by car, please
                                                                                 for obvious reasons.
consider sharing. We ask all Church users to park safely and considerately,
and particularly ask that cars do not block the pavements or access.




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