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Baptism

Baptism (or ‘christening’) marks the entry of a person into the Christian community of faith. We baptize members of the congregation and those who live in the parish at our 9.45 am and 11.30 am services – although not in the seasons of Advent (four weeks before Christmas) or Lent (six weeks before Easter).

Adults and children from Year 6 upwards are baptized a week or so before they are confirmed.

If you would like a baptism at St Clement’s or St James’s, you must first come to a Sunday service to chat to one of the clergy. This is the necessary first step in order to begin the process. Subsequently, you will need to send in the baptism application form. To ensure that you feel at home in the congregation, we expect families which live in the parish to attend the main service in the church they have chosen for at least four Sundays prior to baptism. Those who live outside the parish must attend for at least eight weeks, to ensure that they can sustain a connection with our parish.

The Parish Office is happy to answer any preliminary questions you may have. The Church of England website has further information about baptism.

Parents are given a baptismal certificate. Godparents each receive a card to remind them of the promises they have made. We are very happy for photos to be taken after the service.

Baptism is free of charge, but involves a commitment to a new way of life in the Christian community. As you can see from the rest of the website, there is a range of activities for children and adults. In due course, children may wish to make their own formal declaration of faith, by being confirmed.

News

  • Holy Week and Easter services

    March 23rd, 2017

      The theme of baptism runs through this year’s Holy Week and Easter services. In addition to the services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day – see the right hand column on the home page – there are services from Monday to Wednesday, as follows Monday 10 April: 1.00 pm Eucharist […]

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  • Annual Meeting 2017

    March 22nd, 2017

      Please come along to this year’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting: 11.00 am on Sunday 2 April at St James. Prior to the meeting we will elect churchwardens, and in the meeting itself Parochial Church Council members and Deanery Synod representatives. The Annual Report for 2016 will be presented, as together we will review the […]

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  • Lent Appeal 2017

    January 24th, 2017

      Our Lent Appeal this year has been arranged in conjunction with Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN): www.icin.org.uk. This wonderful charity – which has very low overheads – supports Iraqi Christians who are suffering, displaced, destitute and persecuted.  ICIN has identified for us a self-contained project which supports refugee children in Amman, Jordan – where […]

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  • Lent discussion group on Wednesdays from 11.00 am to 12 noon

      All are very welcome to join our Lent discussion group: The York Course – ‘Receiving Christ’ – is at 11.00 am at St James from 8 March to 5 April, straight after the Wednesday Eucharist.    

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  • Lent course on Thursday evenings

      Why not come to an ecumenical Lent course on Returning Home: Christian Faith in Encounter with Other Faiths? The course is presented by a variety of speakers from three churches. Each session begins at 7.30 pm. Thursday 9 March: St James Norlands Thursday 16 March: St James Norlands Thursday 23 March: United Reformed Church, Allen […]

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  • David Suchet reads the Gospel of Mark

      There will be a parish outing to St Paul’s Cathedral to hear David Suchet read the entire Gospel of Mark: from 6.30 to 8.30 pm on Tuesday 28 March. If you would like to come, please let the clergy or office know by 1 March, and we will book you a free ticket. We […]

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