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.
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.
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.