Church of England Diocese of St.Edmundsbury & Ipswich Polstead

Baptism / Christening

There are many important things we do for our children.

We make decisions about what they eat and drink, what activities they do, what school they attend and we do this because we believe it is the best thing for them.

One of the most important choices we can make for a child is their relationship with God.

In Baptism parents and godparents make important choices for the child, who is anointed with oil, washed with water and given a candle.

Baptism is a great way to celebrate a birth, a wonderful opportunity to thank God for their arrival, and the best possible start to their life.


Here are some questions people ask about baptism


Who can get Baptised here?

Anyone who lives in the parish, who comes regularly to church, or has a strong connection with the parish.


What is the difference between Baptism & Christening?

Nothing. They are two words for the same thing.


Do the parents have to be baptised?

No. But the special gift of Baptism isn't just for children, so you might like to be baptised yourself at the same time.


Who can be a Godparent?

Anyone old enough to understand what they are saying can be a godparent. Because they will make the baptism promises for their godchild, they must have been baptised themselves.


What does a baptism cost?

Nothing. Baptism is absolutely free.


Are only babies baptised?

No. Anyone who wants to become a Christian begins by being baptised. If you haven’t been baptised and want to talk about it, please speak to the Vicar.


What happens next?

If you are interested in arranging a baptism, or just want to know more please complete the online form here: https://naylandchurch.myiknowchurch.co.uk/led/enquiryForm/baptism or call us on 01206 262150.

The Vicar will arrange to meet with you and your child, talk about why baptism is an important step in life, and will also be able to set a date for the service to take place.

There’s more information about church baptisms at https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/