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

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

We are always happy to welcome new members, whether children or adults, with the sacrament of Baptism. We usually perform baptisms at the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday Mornings.

Our baptism policy is to ask those seeking Baptism to attend church for at least four Sundays before requesting a baptism. A proper baptism takes place at the Sunday 10:30 am Mass because the whole church 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 postcode 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 learn more about Baptism on the Church of England website.

If you or someone you know is interested in Baptism, please email us at staugustines.office@googlemail.com.