the moment in which someone begins their life-long journey as
a member of the church. Adults make their own commitment and promises
but, for children, those promises are made on their behalf by
parents and godparents.
an Order of
Service template that you can customise with respect to hymns
and readings; the Church of England Order of Service for Baptism
is given below.
How do I arrange a Baptism?
To arrange a
Baptism, contact the Rector,
making an appointment at which you will be able to consider the
details of the service and ask any questions you might have. You
will need to complete an application form; this can be done during
the visit or you can download
it, fill it in and bring or post it.
Baptism policy is shown below. Baptisms
at St Giles', Medbourne and St Andrew’s, Great Easton are
usually conducted as part of our usual Sunday Family Service,
so that the newly-baptised child may be welcomed into the family
of the Church. The dates and times of baptisms at the other churches
are by arrangement with the Rector.
What does it cost?
free. In the rare instance of a baptism service outside the main
service, separate fees are charged for service sheets, organ and
bells. See the fees page for further details.
of Godparents is to speak on behalf of the infant being baptised,
to support the parents in bringing up the child as a Christian
within the family of the Church. In order that they can fulfil
their role Godparents need to be able to make the declarations
and promises in the baptism service, which is why the Church of
England requires all Godparents to be baptised themselves and
normally to be confirmed as well (or the equivalent if they are
members of a Christian denomination other than the Church of England).
For more information
from the Church of England about godparents click here.
Parish Baptism Policy
of the Six Saints circa Holt is committed to making children and
their families feel truly welcomed by the Christian Church and
has an open baptism policy in accordance with the teaching and
practice of the Church of England. We will baptize all children
whose parents bring them for baptism, and all teenagers and adults
(in the altter instance as part of preparation for confirmation).
If a person comes from outside the parish, the goodwill of their
own parish priest should be sought by the Rector.
When do Baptisms take place?
In the Parish of the Six Saints circa Holt it
is our policy that baptism should normally take place at the main
morning service, when the family of the church is gathered. However,
the need to take account of the varying individual circumstances
of the applicants is acknowledged, and in exceptional circumstances
other arrangements may be made in conversation with the Rector.
In a situation
where a baptism has to take place outside the main morning service,
it is our policy to invite families, wherever possible, to join
us on the following or nearest appropriate Sunday to receive the
baptism certificate and be welcomed by the wider family of the
church in the parish.
Arranging a Baptism
are made via the Rector and his secretary.
Initial enquiries may be made in person or by telephone or email.
A form is filled in (usually by telephone or by email). Click
here for the form.
Information is available on the parish website: www.sixsaintscircaholt.org.
A baptism visit normally takes place and a date for the baptism
Clearly there is an
opportunity in accordance with Canon B22.4 to instruct the parents
and godparents about the baptism service in which they are to
take part and the responsibilities which the baptism of their
child(ren) lays upon them. A preparation meeting takes place with
the parents and the Rector at which the service, the vows and
plans to follow up baptism are given consideration. Godparents
receive a letter from the Rector, together with a copy of the
Church of England’s “Becoming a Godparent” leaflet,
and are invited to discuss any questions or issues raised with
sheet is normally produced, allowing opportunities for members
of the Baptism party and the congregation to take part in the
service. See below for the Order of Service.
A contribution towards the cost of the service sheet and towards
administration is invited, see Fees.
Baptism is just the
beginning of the journey. There is a need to open up a relationship
with the family which will continue after baptism. As part of
our baptism policy, we will seek to create opportunities to maintain
a link through follow up visits and pastoral encounters, by the
Rector, and through provision of appropriate services, and social
Order of Service for Baptism
and Supplementary Texts
for the Baptism Order of Service can be downloaded, click here.
The Church of England Order of Service for Baptism can be found
texts for Baptism services, including references for readings,
and other forms of prayer can be found here.