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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.

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