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. Can we have a private service of baptism?
A. Baptisms usually take place in the church’s main service, because they are a public
declaration that your child has become part of the church family. It is 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
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.
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.
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