Baptisms

 

 

  We welcome babies, children,

  teenagers and adults for baptism. 

 

 

 

   Some Questions and Answers

 

Q We are not married. Can our child be baptised?

Yes, we are happy to baptise your child whatever your family circumstances or structure.

All are welcome.

Q I am single or divorced. Can my child be baptised?

Yes, we are happy to baptise your child whatever your family circumstances or structure.

All are welcome.

Q Do I have to live near the Church or in the parish for the baptism to take place at St. John's?

No, we like to welcome everyone. You may live in the parish or have an association with the parish. If you have no association with St. John's Church or the parish we can still make arrangements with you for the baptism to take place.  Please come along to find out more.

Q Can we have a specific date we have in mind?

We can't look at dates with you until baptism preparation has taken place, as there will be others who will be currently having preparation who need to have allocated Sundays ahead. It is more helpful to come along without any specific date in mind and there may be other options that are more helpful to you. We can only do baptisms on certain agreed dates at least two/three months after any enquiry. Dates are looked at on the final baptism preparation session.

Q What’s the difference between a Baptism and a Christening?

There are different words for the same thing. The word ‘baptism’ is perhaps more commonly used today.

Q How do we know what happens in the baptism service?

We meet with you for baptism preparation. You may also see a baptism taking place when you come along at one of our 10am services and you can chat with another family, with Reverend Alan or with someone at church to find out more over a cup of coffee

Q What about Godparents?

Each child to be baptised should have at least 2 godparents, preferably 3 (or more). Godparents must be adults who have been baptised within the Christian Church.

Q When do baptisms take place?

These special occasions take place on nominated Sundays during one of our services or very occasionally on a Sunday afternoon. We can only offer dates after preparation has taken place and these will likely be for at least three months ahead or more.

Q When does baptism preparation take place?

Baptism preparation consists of joining in with 10am church services and two preparation sessions which are normally held on allocated Sunday afternoons.

Q Is there a fee for a baptism?

Baptisms are free and there is no fee or charge. You will be given free of charge certificates for those being baptised and for Godparents. You will also be given free of charge a special candle to take home which will be lit during the service.

(If you should require an official copy of what is entered into the baptism register then there is a fee of £13 for this. This is a national fee not set locally by St. John's Church. You can obtain a copy of this official copy on the actual baptism date or at any time following the baptism.)

Q How do I find out more?

Come along at 10am on Sundays and chat over coffee afterward one of the services with Alan the Vicar, Christine our Administrator or fill in a welcome card. When visiting there is no need to dress in any special way and we are friendly! Come as you are and make yourself at home!

Please email in any questions you may have and if you would like to give us your names before arriving.

Email: stjohnshillingdon@gmail.com