Can only children be baptised? No baptism is for everyone from birth to 100's! As an older child or adult you will make baptismal promises for yourself and will not need godparents to stand for you.
Is a Christening the same as a baptism? Yes. They are different words for the same ceremony.
I and/or my partner have not been baptised does this matter? No. Although it may be something you would like to consider.
Do all the godparents need to be baptised? Yes. The Church requires that all godparents are baptised. If, however, they are not baptised but are able to make the declarations to support your child on their Christian journey, they can be a ‘Supporter’ and will receive a certificate for this. It may be that they would like to consider baptism for themselves, if so their local church would be happy to assist them in this.
I don’t go to church - can I have my child baptised? Yes. Although as baptism appears important to you and you commit to supporting your child to grow in the Christian faith it may be something that you would like to explore further.
How many godparents should my child have? It is traditional to have three, but you may have between two and four, two usually being of the same sex as the child to be baptised. Baptised parents are also able to be godparents to their own child.
How much does it cost? Baptism is part of our Church services and as such there is no fee. There will be a voluntary collection plate after the service for the continued mission of the Church. Some parents like to make a gift to the Church for the occasion; if you decide this is something you would like to do and are eligible for Gift Aid this would be much appreciated. If your baptism is not part of a normal Sunday service and you would like hymns, there will be a small fee for an organist (£20).
Can we have a private service? The service may take place during the Sunday morning service, or in the afternoon. Whilst you may be the only family at that time, you might also share the service with another family and you will be welcomed into The Church together. Can my child choose to be baptised again when they are older? No. Baptism is recognised across the Christian denominations as a ‘once for all time’ ceremony. They may however at times choose to renew their baptismal vows and make their own public declaration of faith at Confirmation.