Baptism is often better known by the name ‘Christening’, particularly when we’re talking about the baptism of babies.
You can find everything we believe about baptism on the Church in Wales’ baptism page.
We’ve prepared a couple of common questions for you here.
How do I get my child baptised?
- Start off by reading through the rest of this page.
- Once you’re read fill in our online form to register for baptism.
What is required to have my child baptised?
- Your Godparents must be themselves baptised. This is very important as they make the baptism promises on behalf of the child.
- The Parents and Godparents must attend a baptism preparation class, which is set before the date of the baptism.
What if I’m not sure Baptism is the right step at the moment?
If you feel baptism isn’t right for you or your child at the moment, you can have a special service called Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child. This does not prevent you having baptism at a later date. If you’d like to chat through these options, please contact one of the parish clergy.
I’m a teenager and I want to get baptised. What should I do?
It is not unusual for people to come to Christian faith in later life. With the baptism of teenagers and adults, you take part in a course where you learn more about the Christian faith. The best thing to do here is come along to church on Sunday or Wednesday at 10am and catch the priest after the service for a chat.
When do baptisms happen?
Baptisms happen by request.
All baptisms happen on a Sunday morning. We would love for the baptism to take place as part of the main Sunday service, though this is sometimes not possible – in which baptisms usually take place at 12:00 noon.
We will usually always only baptise one families candidate(s) per service.
Is there a cost?
Baptism is a free service. (This does not mean that it’s not serious business! Baptism is a service of promises.)
I’m not sure what happens in the service. Does this matter?
Usually the week before the serve, one of the parish clergy, the parents and Godparents will meet to have a preparation class. In this, we go through the promises the parents and Godparents will make, the parts of the service, and what baptism means for you and your child.
Great! What do I need to do?
First up you need to register the baptism with us.
- Fill in our online form to register for baptism.
After you complete the form, we’ll make an appointment to meet up and have a chat through baptism and have a chance to meet one another. If you want to talk stuff through before this, please get in touch. You can:
- come to Church one Sunday morning and after the service have a chat to the person taking the service;
- or contact one of the clergy to find out more