What you need to know to get your child baptised.
For an infant baptism the parents or godparent (in the event of an adult baptism then the candidate must follow these instructions) must first contact the church in order to arrange a date and time for the service, which must be subsequently confirmed with a deposit of £20 within two weeks of the initial booking.
As you prepare for your child’s baptism please remember that only a devout Christian of the Eastern Orthodox Church can stand as godparent (The Canons of the church do not permit Roman Catholics “Papist”, Anglicans or any other denominations of Christianity to stand as godparents, as the godparent confesses the faith of the Orthodox Church in the ceremony and witnesses to it on behalf of the child). Furthermore, the godparent must provide a copy of their baptism certificate along with a photo ID to confirm that they are members of the Orthodox Church.
Please note also that the child can only be baptised with a Christian name which does not have to be identical to the name on their birth certificate
- child’s birth certificate
- godparent’s proof of identity and of Orthodox Baptism / Chrismation
- a white baptismal robe or white clothes
- a baptismal cross
- a large candle
- olive oil
- a bar of soap
- a large white bath towel and sheet (myropani) and a white hand towel.
The godparent is the spiritual parent who with the natural parents helps to ensure the Orthodox Christian upbringing and instruction of the child. It is the godparent who brings the child for Holy Communion and for the first three times, preferably on consecutive Sundays, with the lit baptismal candle.
In the case of adult baptism this instruction and catechism takes place before the day of baptism. The candidate must therefore first meet with the priest and a period of preparation for baptism will ensue which will include regular attendance at the Divine Liturgy. The priest will let the candidate know when they are ready for baptism.
We kindly ask that the parents or adult being baptised to print the form below prior to the baptism and complete all the sections so that it can be handed to the priest on the day. If you have any queries please feel free to telephone us.
During the first part of the baptism service the godparent (on behalf of the child) or the adult will have to recite (read) The Nicene Creed which may be found by clicking here