Baptisms

We are delighted you are thinking of baptism. Baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. The church welcomes people of all ages for Baptism.

Many come with young babies and children looking for a special service, at which they can thank God for the birth of a child and start a journey of faith in a place which is important to them.

If you would like to ask about arranging a baptism, you will need to contact the Benefice Administrator. Please do not book a date or venue before this is done.

We offer Baptism as part of a regular Sunday morning Church service, although another time and day may be arranged. 

Frequently asked questions about Baptism 

Q.         What's the difference between a baptism and a christening? 

A.         None, they are just different words for the same thing.  

Q.         Can we have a private service of baptism?  

A.         Baptisms should take place in the church's main service, because they are a public declaration that your child has become part of the church family. However, if you want to have a private service separate from the church's main service, talk to our Group Administrator.  

Q.         What is the right age for baptism?  

A.       Baptism can happen at any age. What matters is that those concerned are committed to bring up a child as a Christian. Teenagers and adults may also be baptized. You can only be baptised once, but there are ways of renewing your Christian commitment publicly as an adult - the Rector will be able to advise you.  

Q.         I'm not a regular churchgoer. Can I still have my child baptized?  

A.     Yes. The Church believes that God's love is available to all, regardless of their background. The Group Administrator can talk you through the options: you might prefer to have a Thanksgiving service first and then consider baptism when you have had time to talk through what is being asked of you. The Church regards Baptism as one of the two most important parts of its Ministry so you may wish to find out more about the Christian faith and what joining the Church involves before you make a decision about baptism. Again, the Group Administrator can give you guidance.  

Q.         What does it cost?  

A.         A Baptism service is free, though there is a retiring collection at the end of the service. There is an additional cost if you want to have an organist.