Baptism – Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between a baptism and a christening?

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

What is the right age for baptism?

Baptism can happen at any age and both children and adults can be baptised.  What matters most is that those concerned believe it is right to ask for baptism, whether for themselves as an older child or adult, or on behalf of a younger child they have parental responsibility for.

You can only be baptised once, but if you have already been baptised there are other ways of renewing your commitment to Jesus as an adult, by renewing your baptismal vows or through confirmation by a Bishop.  Our ministry team would be glad to talk with you further.

I’m not a regular churchgoer. Can I still have my child baptised?

Yes. The Church believes that God’s love is available to all, regardless of their background. Our ministry team can talk you through the options: you may prefer to have a Thanksgiving service first and then consider baptism when you have had time to think through what is being asked of you.

You are encouraged to attend church prior to the baptism service as well as attend the baptism class.  All of our services are family friendly and informal and you will receive a warm welcome.

You may also wish to find out more about the Christian faith and what joining the Church involves before you make a decision about baptism. Again, our ministry team can give you guidance.

What does it cost?

The Baptism service is free. There may be a small charge for a certificate or administration fee.  At our Sunday services there is always an opportunity to give to the life and ministry of the church. It costs around £3 per hour, every day of the year to keep the church building running, and any donations are gratefully received.