Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about baptism at St Philip & St James and Combe Hay Church. If you have a question not listed please contact us through the website.
People of any age can be baptised. Those normally eligible to be baptised at St. Philip's are those that live within the parish or worship regularly at the Church. If you do not fall into either category we may still be able to baptise you or your child.
Baptism is the act by which an individual declares their trust in Jesus Christ and a desire to follow the Christian way and a commitment to the life of the Church. For babies it is also a thanksgiving for the gift of this precious new life and a naming of your child. As children are too young to make these promises for themselves their parents make their promises for them.
Christening is effectively another word for the baptism of young children. However a thanksgiving or dedication service is different as we thank God for your child and to ask for God’s blessing on them and your family but the baptism promises are not made.
In the baptism service parents and Godparents have to be prepared to make promises on behalf of the children. We ask the parents to partake in a short preparation course to help them understand the meaning of the promises they are making. It’s also a chance to help us get to know what you require so we can help make the day special for you.
To arrange a baptism or to know more, simply download and fill in the Baptism Enquiry Form and hand it in or post it to the church office. As baptismal vows have a significant meaning in church, parents will be asked to attend a short baptism course. Our baptism co-ordinator Rev Margaret Joyce will contact you to discuss your requirements and can answer any questions you have.