We are delighted that you may be considering having your child baptised at Claines Church. In Baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Church of England it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known, outside the church, as christening. You can of course be baptised as an adult.


Below are some frequently asked questions that may help you.











What's the difference between a baptism and a christening?


When can we have a  baptism?


What is the right age for baptism?


Can we hold the service of baptism in Claines Church?


What does it cost?

What do we do next?


Q. What's the difference between a baptism and a christening?

A. None, they are just different words for the same thing.




Q. When can we have a  baptism?

A. Baptisms usually take place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 1pm.It is common for two families to have their children baptised in one service.





Q. What is the right age for baptism?

A. Baptism can take place at any age. As an adult you make a decision to follow the Christian life for yourself, but as a child that decision is made by parents, and they, together with the godparents, commit themselves to bringing the child up as a Christian.  You can only be baptised as a Christian once, but if you have been dedicated as a young child you may be baptised later on.  Full membership of the church is through Confirmation where the promises made at baptism are confirmed in front of the Bishop.




Q. Can we hold the service of baptism in Claines Church?

A. If you live within the Parish of Claines or attend worship in Claines Church you can hold a baptism in the church. You may also be able to hold a baptism in the church if you have other qualifying connections with the church or parish.





Q. What does it cost?

A. Baptism is a free gift of God, so there is no charge for a baptism service.




Q. What do we do next?

A. You are invited to attend the 11 o'clock service in Church (the second Sunday is an All Age Service).  After the service please make yourself known to  one of the Churchwardens, Rachel Cramp or Phil Kear.  Someone will complete a Baptism Enquiry Form with you and explain the Baptism Form, which will require details of the Godparents.  It is a requirement that Godparents should have been baptised themselves.  If they have not been baptised, Rev Jo Musson will be happy to baptise them, following preparation.

Following attendance at a service and completing forms, you will be asked to telephone the Parish Office on 01905 759702 to book an appointment to attend a baptism preparation session.  These are held alternatively at Claines Insitute, School Bank (opposite church) and Saint George's Church, Barbourne, at 9.30am.  At this session the date of the baptism will be discussed and arranged.