Frequently asked questions
What's the difference between a baptism
and a christening?
Can we have a private service of
What is the right age for baptism?
I'm not a regular churchgoer. Can I
still have my child baptized?
What does it cost?
the difference between a baptism and a
A. None, they are just different words for the same
Q. Can we have a private service of
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 personal circumstances make this difficult, talk your
Q. What is
the right age for baptism?
A. Baptism can happen at any age. What matters is that
those concerned are committed to bring up a child as a
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 - your priest will be able to
Q. I'm not a regular churchgoer. Can
I still have my child baptized?
A. Yes. The Church believes that God's love is available
to all, regardless of their background. Your parish priest can talk
you through the options: you might prefer to have a Thanksgiving
service first and then consider baptism when you have had time to
talk through what is being asked of you.
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, your parish priest can give you
Q. What does it
A. A Baptism service is free, though there may be a small
charge for a certificate. Ask your parish priest.