What happens at the baptism service?

Your child’s baptism will normally take place on a Sunday morning. If you are a member of our churches, the baptism will normally occur during the main Sunday morning Eucharist service, to emphasise how your child can be seen as joining the family of the Church and be welcomed into  its membership.

We will make sure you know where to sit and when you need to move. Some parts of the service will be for the whole congregation to join in, some will be for you, and others for the godparents.

For the baptism itself, parents and godparents will be asked by the priest to gather together at the front of the church, around the font. (The font is a large basin on a stone pedestal, containing the water for baptism.) Many symbols will be employed during the service.

The priest will ask the godparents and parents to make declarations on behalf of the child.

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Page posted 1 November 2009