Arranging a baptism
If you are thinking about being baptised or would you like to have your child baptised this page should give you the information that you need.
Everyone living in England lives within a Church of England parish and, as such, is eligible for baptism within the Church of England. You will need to find out which is your local church on our parish pages which will help you to do this.
Parish priests will ask you to undertake some preparation for baptism and to attend the church for a period before the baptism. We hope that in seeking baptism you will want to find out more about the Christian faith into which you or your child will be baptised and to begin to find out more about what it means to be a member of the family of the church.
Baptism brings with it responsibilities for those who bring young children and babies for baptism. Parents and those who whom they choose to be godparents make promises on behalf of the child that they will help them to grow up in the Christian faith. But this is not something that they are expected to do alone as the Church community promises to help them too. The Church hopes that together parents, godparents and the church community will nurture the growing child so that in time they will want to make a commitment to the Christian faith themselves through confirmation.
Adults who have come to faith and seek baptism will also come to be confirmed and to become full members of the church. Ask your local parish priest about how you can find out more about what it means to be a member of the church.