St.Brannock’s Parish Church

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Baptism
This information designed to help you if you are considering having a baby or child baptised. Hopefully this will answer some of your question, but if there are still things you would like to ask then please contact the vicar, who will be only to pleased to help.
What’s in a name?
Some people talk about baptism, some about Christening. What’s the difference? Well, they both mean the same thing.The church tends to call it ‘Baptism’ because that is the word used in the Bible; whereas ‘christening’ is an old English word for it, rather like a nickname.
What’s it all about?
Baptism is a vitally important step for anyone to take, whether for a baby whose parents are making a decision,or for an adult – and many people are baptised as adults. Because it’s so important, it is not something that can be rushed.This is why we ask you,that both parents and also any godparents that might be available, to come along for a session, to find out what the baptism is all about. We ask you to arrange for a baby sitter, if possible, so that you can concentrate on what is being said and done .
Godparents
Godparents must be baptised themselves. This is the Church of England’s rule, and we observe it absolutely. Godparents should also be confirmed, as they are going to promise to see that their godchild is confirmed, but we accept that this is not always possible .Being asked to be a godparent can be an occasion for an adult to consider confirmation,and we are always ready to talk about this to anyone who is interested.
Normally there should be three godparents, two men and a woman for a boy and two women and a man for a girl. It is possible to have only two, in which case there should be one of each sex,all it is also possible to have more than three. Parents may be godparents for their own children provided that the child is at least one other godparent.  Godparents should be mature adults. Because of the promises they are going to make on behalf of the child, they should be chosen for their sincere belief, and should be the sort of people that a child could modelled his or her life on.there is little point in choosing godparents whom the child will rarely see.
What does a baptism costs?
There is no charge for baptism, but there will be an opportunity for you to make a donation towards the running costs of the church if you would like to do so.
What shall I do next?
Before you decide on the day please contact vicar at the phone number given. She will confirm a date for you and will make an appointment for you to meet with her. We hope you will find this page useful, but please contact the vicar if there is anything else you would like to know.