Many people are baptised as babies (often called ‘christening’, it’s the same thing). Some people are baptised later on in life. There’s no right or wrong time; some people make the decision for themselves as teenagers or adults.
For small children, the decision’s made for them and baptism is a permanent blessing. The action can’t be cancelled or repeated. So parents might want to think about whether this decision should left to the child. If that’s the case, a service of dedication is an alternative, here your child can be blessed, and parents and others acting in the same way as godparents, still make similar promises as in the baptism service.
We like to baptise on Sundays at our regular services, because baptism is about welcoming the person into the church community but it’s not always appropriate. Talk to us and we’ll sort out something that’s right for you and your family.
If you’d like to talk about baptism for yourself or your child, get in touch with one of our Churchwardens.
There’s more information on the Diocesan website.