So you’ve decided you want a christening for your child – congratulations! There are some rules for baptisms which you need to be aware of, and you should think carefully about what you want, and whether the Christian rituals for naming a baby are right for you.
On this page you’ll find a quick, clear statement of the rules, and information about the next steps to take if you’ve decided to go ahead.
- You must be a resident of Hinxton, Ickleton or Duxford, or have a close family connection to one of the villages. If you don’t qualify under the residence rule, you can only have your child baptised here if you get written permission from the parish priest where you do live. (Remember, everywhere in England is in a parish, and everywhere has a parish church.)
- You must be baptised yourself, and so must the people you are asking to be godparents. The baptism service makes the child a member of the church, and it involves a solemn promise that the parents and godparents will do their best to bring him or her up as a Christian, in accordance with the Christian values of love, forgiveness and trust in God. We don’t expect that you’ll necessarily manage to keep this promise – nobody’s perfect – but we expect you to mean it when you say it. If you’re not sure what you’d be signing up to, please do make an appointment with the vicar, and come and talk it over with her. You always have the option of being baptised yourself.
- But if this doesn’t seem right to you, an alternative exists in the form of the Service of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child, which expresses a simpler gratitude for the child’s existence. Again, do come and talk this through.
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