Baptism

Frequently Asked Questions about Baptism

Q. I have been thinking about having my baby Christened but am not sure how to go about it.
A. We have a special team of volunteers at St. Lawrence called the littlefish Baptism team who are here to help you make the first steps to joining the church and to guide you in planning a Christening for your baby. No previous experience required! Newcomers welcome! Just ring Caroline Wainman who would be delighted to help or come along to a Family Praise service 9.30am on every Sunday morning (apart from the 1st in the month) and collect a letter from a member of the Baptism team.

Q. I have seen the notices about Baptism in the village – what is the difference between a Baptism and a Christening?
A. It is the same thing.

Q. What will I expected to do if I want to have my baby baptised at St. Lawrence?
A. Like all Churches, we have a responsibility to ensure that you receive preparation for this important step you are taking. At St. Lawrence, this comes in the form of some informal and (hopefully!) fun preparation sessions run by the Baptism team – (all parents who have been in your position just a few years ago!) We do not dictate any specific requirements for you to start the process of Baptism – apart from a willingness to start to become part of our Church community. We are happy for you to start from where you are at now!

Q. But my “baby” is no longer a baby – I have left it rather late to get him/her Christened, haven’t I?
A. Not at all! Why not talk to the littlefish team and be reassured that we love to welcome and encourage children (and parents) of all ages to become members of our church.

Q. What does it cost to have a baby Baptised at St. Lawrence?
A. The preparation sessions and the services of the Vicar and use of the Church are all completely free. There are however charges for verger and organist. There are additional optional charges for personalised order of service or performance fees. For more specific information, please do not hesitate to call the Baptism team or Helen Campbell our Church Administrator

Caroline Wainman
Littlefish Baptism Team
(01442) 834291
baptism@stlawrencebovingdon.com