Being baptised means joining the worldwide church and also becoming part of this particular church family. We welcome you - adults and children.
Children traditionally have three godparents, one of the opposite sex, and two of their own sex. The minimum is two - but if that proves difficult then Canon Law permits parents to act as godparents for their own children "provided that the child has at least one other godparent." (Canon B23) You can, if you wish, have more (within reason!) - but beware using all your choices on your first child and then running dry for future children!. Adults may have two 'sponsors'. Sponsors and godparents must be baptised. They do not have to be confirmed. If a potential godparent has not been baptised it is best to talk this through with the Vicar.
Adults are generally baptised and confirmed at the same time, which means that the bishop is involved in the ceremony. Often our candidates are presented at the Abbey on Easter Eve. If you are interested, please talk to one of the clergy.
One of our baptism visiting team will be glad to visit you at home to talk about the service and any questions you may have about what being a Christian or joining a church means. The Baptism Visitors are led and trained by Lynne Willson. Initial enquiries may be made to the Vicar, Anne Hollinghurst, on 01727 851464.
If, after talking it through, you are unsure about making solemn promises on behalf of your baby, you may prefer to have a service of blessing and thanksgiving.
Explore the Baptism Service
Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child