Who can be baptised?

Baptism is a visible and public decision to belong to Christ and his Church. This means that adults can be baptised after proper preparation, and only if they believe in God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and accept the teaching of the Church on matters of faith and moral.

Children can be baptised if at least one of the Parents/Carers asks it, if that Parent/Carer is baptised (or is preparing for baptism) and believes in God.

If you don't live in our Parish, you need to talk to your Parish Priest before we can baptise you or your child.

Will I have to come to church?

We very much hope that the baptism of your child will be a step towards you becoming a regular member of our church. However, we believe that prayer, worship, church are all gifts and we will not insist on you accepting these gifts. Not after the Baptism, that is... It will have to be your own, free choice. Even if you decide not to come to church, this will be a community you can count on, and which will pray for you and your child.

However, please, remember that during baptism you and the godparents will promise to bring your child up in the Christian faith, teaching him to believe in God and to pray.

For this reason - so that we do not make you perjure yourself... - we require that parents come and join us for worship on 4 consecutive Sundays before the date of Baptism can be fixed. Without this commitment of four Sundays we cannot baptise your child.

How much does a baptism cost?

Nothing, there is no fee for baptism.

Who can be a godparent?

Any baptised person can be a godparent. You can have as many godparents as you wish. There’s no minimum age for godparents, but they must be mature enough to understand the responsibilities they’re taking on.

I am not Church of England...

That's fine. All we ask is that at least one of the Parents/Carers is baptised.

What if I have more questions?

Please, call or email the Vicar, he will be happy to answer your questions.

Also, you may want to visit the Church of England's website dedicated to baptism:

St Paul's

St Paul’s is a lively, forward-looking Anglican church in the Catholic tradition. We are affiliated to the Society of St Wilfrid and St Hilda and our PCC has passed the resolution seeking episcopal oversight from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.

We are part of the diocese of Salisbury and the Deanery of Weymouth and Portland. We maintain very close links with our Voluntary Aided School, Beechcroft St. Paul’s. 

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