COVID-19 Restrictions

Unfortunately we are not able to offer baptisms at this time due to ongoing restrictions with regard to the COVID19 pandemic. We will keep up to date as the situation unfolds and post updates on this page.

For any questions, please ‘phone the church office on 01564 742565, or email us at tanworthchurch@gmail.com 

Getting you or your child baptised at Tanworth Church

Baptism, also known as Christening, is a rite whereby the person being baptised enters Christ’s family. This is why the font is located near the door in the church building – as a symbol of entrance. 

Although it is assumed that Baptism is specifically for babies, the truth is that you can be baptised at any age.  The vicar’s grandfather was in his sixties!  From a practical perspective, if you intend to have your child baptised, then the earlier the better.  Experience has shown that baptising a babe-in-arms can be significantly easier on everyone involved than a two year old who has learned the power of ‘No!’. 

Of course, some families prefer to wait until the family feels complete and then have all of the children baptised together, and this is up to you as a family.

The place to start is to ‘phone the church office on 01564 742565, or email us at tanworthchurch@gmail.com 

Things to consider:

Before you call us, discuss whether you want to have the baptism as a part of one of the main Sunday services or as a separate service.  The latter we normally do at 1pm on a Sunday but other times are available. 

Contact us with a selection of possible dates and please be aware that some times of the year are especially popular.  For example if you want a spring or summer baptism you may need to contact us some months in advance. 

Once we have set the date, we will also decide on a day sometime in the preceding week when the vicar or another member of the ministry team will visit you to talk you through all of the elements of the service and what each part means.

Unlike weddings and funerals, there is no charge for a baptism although the church depends entirely on donations so we are always grateful for anything which we are offered.  We should mention that the separate baptism service does not have hymns or songs and so if you wish to have music this will need to be arranged and the musicians involved may charge a fee.

Godparents

Godparents are an essential requirement where babies and children are baptised.  There is no maximum number, you can have as many as you like. The basic guidelines are that for a girl there should be two women and a man, and for a boy there should be two men and a woman. However, every family is unique so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about choosing Godparents.

You need to make sure that all godparents have been baptised in one of the major Christian denominations as under the Church of England’s Canon Law, a person must have been baptised to take on the role of godparent. (This includes Church of England, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, etc., but not organisations which are not a part of the World Council of Churches such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Unitarians etc.). However there are other options in addition to godparents so if there is someone special in your lives, talk to us about how they can be included as well.