Baptism Policy

We’re delighted you’re thinking of baptism/Christening for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.

What is baptism?

In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church’s support.

For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

The church where the baptism takes place welcomes the baptised person into the worldwide church family and, as the local church, promises to support and pray for you and your child.

Baptism in the Akeman Benefice

We love to welcome new members of the Christian family through baptism, whatever the age of the child or the adult, and are delighted that you are thinking about this for your child (or yourself).

Baptisms in the Akeman Benefice normally happen within the context of a family service, so that the person baptised can be welcomed by the church family present. 

As part of the preparation for this important step in someone’s life, we run baptism preparation sessions, at which you will have the chance to discuss the meaning of baptism and ask any questions you may have about it.

The promises that are made by parents and godparents during the baptism service are very serious (and can be rather daunting!) and you may well find that you need time to reflect on their significance. The preparations sessions are also a very happy time to celebrate your family changes and, sometimes, to get to know other parents in the same situation.

For families who live in the Benefice, we normally expect to know you already through the life of the church, when you take the step of finding out about baptism, but if you are new to the villages, or haven’t been to church before, then do still get in touch to find out more.

For those who live outside the benefice, we do not normally do baptisms, unless you worship regularly in the benefice or there is a strong pastoral reason for doing so.

As part of our ongoing support for families who have had their child baptised (which we have promised in the baptism service to give), we invite you to join us for our family-friendly activities, such as Messy church, family services, and an annual service especially for those who have had a child baptised in the Benefice.

Finally, a matter of administration: dates for baptisms need to be mutually agreed several months in advance, as there is not always a suitable service or a priest available every Sunday for baptism services, so, to avoid disappointment, please discuss this before making any definite arrangements.