Baptism FAQ’s

In response to a number of questions which are regularly asked by parents wishing to have their child baptised, we have put together this page of frequently asked questions:

Q.  What is the difference between a baptism and a christening?
A.  There is no difference – they are simply different words for the same thing.

Q.  Can we have a private service of Baptism?
A.  Not normally.  Baptisms take place in the church’s main service, because they are a public declaration that your child has become part of the church family.  Consequently, it is vitally important that the church congregation is there to support you and welcome your child.  However, if exceptional personal circumstances make this difficult, please talk to the vicar.

Q.  What is the right age for Baptism?
A.  Baptism can happen at any age.  What matters most is that those concerned are fully committed to bringing up their child as a Christian within the family of the Church.

Teenagers and adults may also be Baptized.  This is celebrated with confirmation by the Bishop. You can only be baptised once, but there are ways of renewing your Christian commitment publicly as an adult – the Vicar will be able to advise you.

Q. I’m not a regular churchgoer.  Can I still have my child Baptised?
A.  Yes. The Church believes that God’s love is available to everyone, regardless of their background.  However, the vicar will probably suggest that you first have a service of ‘Thanksgiving for the birth of a child’ and find out more about the Christian faith and what joining the Church involves before you make a firm decision about Baptism.

Q.  What does it cost?
A.  A Baptism service is completely free, though there may be a small charge for an official certificate – the Vicar can provide you with further information if required.

If you have any further questions, please do feel free to contact the Vicar, who will be only too please to assist you in any way.

You may also wish to find out more about the Christian faith by following the links below to other specific pages on this website.

PAGE LINK ICON        Christian Basics Course

PAGE LINK ICON        What is a Christian?

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