Baptism / Christening

All Baptism enquiries are important to the church as we realise that it means so much to the parents. However the process involved includes a meeting with the parish priest (Fr. James) as the first step to discuss more fully the details related to Baptism. This meeting occurs once parents have attended the principle Sunday service.

No confirmation of baptism dates are available until this initial meeting has taken place.   Those applying for baptism must collect and return their baptism applications form following attendance at the principal Sunday service (starts 10am).  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.  Parents and Godparents are encouraged to attend church at least once a month for six months.

 It is worth noting that Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. This first step is a response to God’s love. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that the person to be baptised is loved by God, is part of a wider community and has a place with God’s people. For those being baptised it marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.

 All parishioners have the right of baptism in the Church of St. James the Great, Colchester. Church Electoral Roll members have the right of baptism for their children in St. James. Baptisms for individual families will only take place during the principal Sunday service.

 However, parents may be offered (at the discretion of the parish priest) the alternative of a group baptism, at 12.a.m, on a limited number of Sundays per year.

 Those living outside the parish will be permitted baptism only if regularly attending worship at St John’s (i.e. at least every 2-3 weeks) for at least 6 months. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Parish Priest and Churchwardens for those serving overseas in H.M. Forces or working abroad temporarily, with a demonstrable connection to the Parish if a former resident of long standing or former worshipper.

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 25p in every pound.

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