The Church of St James
St James Street, Milnrow, Rochdale
The Church of St James

Baptisms at St James

When do Baptisms take place?

All Baptisms are arranged by our Baptism Coordinator, Mrs Oonagh Cowling. Tel: 01706 644343.

Baptisms at Milnrow St James are normally held on 1st Sunday of each month at 12:30pm.

At times of high demand we will do our best to arrange a suitable alternative Sunday.

Does it matter if we are not married or are single?

No. God loves everyone. Whatever your background you must be prepared to make a commitment to bring up your child in the Christian way.

How much does it cost?

All Baptisms in the Church of England are free.

How many Godparents can we have?

As many as you like. However, we advise that you consider the role of Godparent as a serious commitment and you should therefore not have a long list of names.

Will there be other baptisms at the same time?

Yes. There could up to 2 or 3 other candidates being Baptised at the same service but we’ll always make sure you know.

Is there a maximum number of guests?

About 50 per family works well, depending on the number of candidates for baptism.

What if I want more than 50?

Talk to us about it.

Is there any preparation needed for Baptism?

Clearly not for infants.

If you are an older candidate, particularly if you 14 years old and older, Rev Ivan Ruiters will meet with you to take about the committeemen you are about to make.

Similarly, if you are a parent or Godparent, we also want to talk to you about your role and commitment raising a child with a church community.Rev Ivan Ruiters will let you know all about this once you have contacted us about Baptism.

Next Steps

1) As soon as you know you want a Baptism please contact our Baptism Coordinator.

2) Our Baptism Coordinator will invite you to church to check all your details. It would be good if you could attend St James a few times so we can get to know you. Sunday morning services at St James start at 09:30 (09:00 from 5th March 2017). The whole family is welcome including children. We have plenty of facilities for them.

3) Have a coffee and a chat after the service and we’ll take all your details.

If you are unsure about anything, then please let us know.

For further information about baptism in the church of England you can follow this link.
9.00am Parish Eucharist /
Family Communion

12.30pm Baptisms (not every Sunday)

10.00am Said Eucharist

Please note that the church is currently not suitable for wheelchair access