Baptism / Christening

In Baptism we join the Church, become believers and start the Christian life. We welcome parents who want their children to be baptised, with the provision that they will do their best to bring them up in the Faith.

Children and infants are baptised at our main Sunday Service (Sung Mass) at 10 am, usually on the last Sunday of the month. Arrangements may be made with the clergy who will plan the occasion with parents and give them the Preparation for Baptism.

In order for us to be able to baptise your child you need to be …

a) a regular member of our congregation    or
b) be resident in the parish of St James & St Paul.

To check if you live in our parish or to find your parish by entering your postcode, please visit Map and Direction (under Contact and More) menu on the top.

Being a Godparent?


Godparents are important people who have special tasks. They promise to help their godchild come to know God, encourage him or her in their membership
of the local church and take an interest in their spiritual life.

They make the same promises as parents on behalf of the children being baptised. They commit themselves to pray for the children and support the parents bring up the children in the Christian faith.

Children should normally have three godparents, two of whom should be the same sex as the child. They can be family members or friends (and parents can also be godparents). But to carry out this important role, the Church of England requires that all godparents have been baptised and preferably confirmed as well.

Adult baptism candidates have sponsors rather than godparents. A sponsor will formally present the candidate for baptism and help them with their growth as a Christian. There should be at least two sponsors who, like godparents, need to be baptised and preferably confirmed.

Adults may be baptised at any stage, normally in conjunction with being confirmed and with appropriate preparation.No one is too old to be baptised and confirmed.

There is no charge for a baptism, but we are always happy to receive donations
towards the upkeep of the building to preserve the Church for future generations.
If you are a UK taxpayer please fill in a gift aid envelope as it allows us to claim back an extra 28p in every pound.

For all Baptism / Christening enquiries, contact details can be found on Contact and More menu on the top.