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In the Anglican Church it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as Christening.

Baptism is a ‘sacrament’ (holy ritual to symbolise grace) in the Christian tradition that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the River Jordan.

We are always happy to welcome new members, whether children or adults, with the sacrament of baptism. We normally perform baptisms at the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday Mornings. Our baptism policy is to ask those seeking baptism to come to church for at least four Sundays before requesting a baptism. A baptism properly takes place at the Sunday 10:30 am Mass because it is the whole church that welcomes each new member, child or adult. In the case of a child we expect parents to continue to bring children to church after baptism so they attend Sunday School and grow in the Christian faith.

imageBefore offering the sacrament of baptism:

• We check that you live in our parish. You should make your request for baptism to the parish in which you live. You can check which parish you live in by entering your post code into the Church of England’s website.

• You might want to read the actual words of the Baptism service before requesting a baptism.

You can find out more about Baptism on the Church of England’s website.

If you or someone you know wants to be baptised come and see our vicar  or email her on staugustines.office@googlemail.com.