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Baptism (Christening) is the special service where we welcome someone into the church family.

Both adults and children can be baptised. Adults will make their own promises to God, parents of children who are not old enough to make those promises make the promises on their child's behalf.

Baptism is an important event, so preparation is important and a minister will meet with you to explain the service and its implications.

What follows is intended both as general introduction to the Church of England’s understanding of Christian initiation and as a guide to the services of Baptism, Confirmation and Affirmation of Baptismal Faith Baptism.