Church of England Diocese of Rochester Milton Next Gravesend with Denton

Baptisms/Christenings

Baptism (or Christening) is a symbolic act that marks the initiation of a person into the universal church of Jesus Christ.

TThis will take place in the church of the parish where you live. To find out which is your parish, enter your post code into "A church near you" front page or check on"Street name and Parish" page. Then contact the vicar of your parish. If you live in the Parish of St Peter & St Paul Milton please read on.

The infant’s parents and God parents (or the ‘Candidate’ themselves, if they are old enough to make the decision themselves) make vows to bring the child up promoting the Christian faith and Christian values, to bring the child to Sunday school and some church services, and if possible, to send the child to a church school. This is to give them a Christian foundation on which they can make a decision about their own commitment to Jesus Christ when they are mature enough to do so.

Anyone who is resident in the parish is entitled to be baptised in the parish church, at the discretion of the Rector. If you are not resident in this parish, you need to ask your own parish vicar or church wardens to give permission: they can either sign a brief note, or send an email to the Rector. They may ask your reasons for wanting the baptism here and not in your own parish.

Once you have completed the application form(which MUST include phone numbers); please contact the Rector to arrange a meeting (contact details on "Get in touch" page) . NOTE : IT IS NOT A FIRM BOOKING UNTIL THE APPLICATION FORM IS FULLY COMPLETED AND THE MEETING WITH THE RECTOR AFTER THE FORM IS RECEIVED BY HIM, HAVE TAKEN PLACE.

GODPARENTS: Usually there are three god parents required, who are adults, and who themselves must have been baptised: two women and a man for a girl, or two men and a woman for a boy; or for either, two men and two women (e.g. two couples), and must be at least 16 years of age.

All parents and god parents should be aware of the vows they have to make and be comfortable with them.

Our baptisms take place at the Sunday morning service (10:00am), on certain Sundays only, at the discretion of the Rector, and if no other baptism is already booked for that day.

THANKSGIVING FOR THE BIRTH OF A CHILD

As and alternative, we can offer, within the worship service, ‘A thanksgiving for the birth of a child’. This has much to commend it. It can be as much of an occasion as a baptism. It is preferred by parents who wish to let their child make up their own mind about baptism when they are old enough, or for parents or God parents who feel unable to commit to the baptismal vows.