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Baptisms are sometimes known as 'Christenings'. They can be held at any time of the week, although the usual time is Sunday or Saturday. They may also be held during a Sunday morning service if preferred. You do not have to live in this parish and there are no age limits. It is usual to have three godparents, two of which are the same sex as the child, but godparents must themselves have been baptised.
There is no charge for baptisms, but a certificate can be obtained at a cost of £13.
Please apply to the Vicar, Reverend Ian Walters, for an application form, to book a date and arrange a meeting. Phone 01775 840694
What happens in the Baptism service?
You and the Godparents publicly promise to do your best to raise your child to follow Jesus, as part of the wider Church family. The congregation welcomes your child and promises to support, encourage and pray for him or her, and for you as a family.
For the baptism itself, the priest will ask you to bring your child to the front of the Church or the font, containing the water for baptism. The priest will ask you to make some promises on behalf of your child. After that your child is baptiized, and then welcomed into the Church.
Don't worry about things going smoothly, the priest will make sure that you know what to do and when as he will have discussed this with you at a meeting beforehand.
For further information and detail about baptisms you can click on the following link which will take you to the Church of England website for baptisms:
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