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Baptism / Christening

Being Baptised

Baptism (also known as Christening) is the ceremony in which an adult or a child becomes a part of the Church. Often parents seek baptism for their children because they wish to make a commitment to bring up their children within the life of the Church and with christian values. Adults who were not christened as children ask to be baptised when they wish to make a commitment to the christian faith.

The ceremony is very ancient, and rich in symbolism, involving water, special oil and the light of a candle. It is a joyful occasion and is often attended not only by the friends of family of the person being baptised, or their parents, but also by members of the church into which the candidate is becoming the newest member.

If you would like to discuss arranging a baptism, either for yourself or for your child then come to the weekly surgery hour which is held on Saturdays 10:30am-11:30am at St James Church (NN5 5LE). Alternatively you can contact one of the clergy. There is also more information about baptism on the Church of England's christenings website.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Is my child too old or young to be christened?
A. It is possible to be baptised at any age.

Q. Can we arrange a private christening?
A. Christening takes place with a church service, and all church services are public events at which all people are welcomed. Some christenings take place at a specific time,usually a Sunday afternoon, while others are a part of the main Sunday service and so are also attended by regular members of the congregation. The clergy will be pleased to discuss which of these would be best for you.

Q. What are the fees for a baptism?
A. The Church does not charge a fee for a baptism / christening service.