Children and Babies

Baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. As a parent of a child being baptised, you are thanking God for the gift of your child’s life and making a decision to start him or her on the journey of faith with the support of the Church. We baptise many children and adults in the Beaconsfield Team and hope that these answers to questions will help you decide whether or not to bring your child to baptism.

What's the difference between a baptism and christening?

Nothing!  They are simply two words for the same event.

If I live in Beaconsfield, can I get my child baptised in one of the Beaconsfield Church of England churches?

Probably.  Each of the three is very different – why not look at each one to decide which suits you best? 

Do I have to be baptised myself? 

No, there is no requirement for parents to be baptised.  However, you should have godparents who have been baptised themselves.   The tradition is to have two godparents of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex. 

Do I have to come to church to have my child baptised?

It is not a legal requirement.  However, you are promising to bring your child up in the faith of God, and sometimes we need the support of other Christians to do that – why not find out how the church can support you in that journey? Go the youth and families section of the website for more information.

Can my child be baptised privately, or does it have to be in a main service with the normal congregation present?

Each of our churches baptises at different times, so do go to their own websites for more information.  A child is baptised in the family of the church so it is good to have the rest of the church there to welcome them into God’s family.  However, it is also possible for the baptism to take place outside of the main service at midday or in the early afternoon. 

Will the baptism take place on its own, or will there be other families having their children baptised too?

Because of the number of requests for baptism that we have, often there are two or three other families having children baptised at once. The increased numbers of people only adds to the sense of celebration!  Occasionally, there is only one child being baptised, but we can never guarantee this.