Baptism is also known as Christening. We baptise people of any age.
Arranging a baptism
Children under 7
We conduct baptisms at a special service on the first Sunday of each month at 12.30pm.
2018 dates are:
- 7 January
- 4 February
- 4 March
- 1 April (Easter Day)
- 6 May
- 3 June
- 1 July
- 5 August
- 2 September
- 7 October
- 4 November
- 2 December
An important part of baptism is welcoming your child into the wider family of the Christian Church. Therefore, in addition it is expected that you attend our main 10am Parish Eucharist with your child within a month of their baptism, by arrangement with the Rector. On this occasion you will receive a special welcome from the congregation, a lighted candle and your child’s baptism certificate will be given to them.
We do this because Children are baptised in the Church of England on the understanding that their parents will bring them up to be Christians and encourage them to come to church. It is a sign of your commitment to fulfil the promises you will make at the baptism service.
You are welcome to have your child baptised (christened) in St Leonard’s provided you live in the parish, or if you are a regular member of the congregation.
If you would like to consider baptism for your child, come to one of our services and speak to the Rector Canon Anna Norman-Walker or to one of the Churchwardens. Alternatively please email .
We will make an appointment for you to meet with the Rector on a Saturday morning at St Leonard’s Church to discuss the service and explore its meaning with her. A useful guide to planning and going to a Church of England christening service can be found here.
Children over 7
Children over 7 years old are usually baptised on Easter Day and admitted to communion at the same time. Children being admitted to communion meet weekly after the New Year to prepare for receiving for communion for the first time. Please email or speak to the Rector if you would like your child to join a preparation group.
Young People and Adults
Young people over 14 and adults who wish to be baptised are usually baptised by the Bishop at a Deanery service at which they are both baptised and confirmed at the same time. Candidates for baptism and confirmation usually meet weekly over a couple of months to prepare prior to the confirmation service. Please email or speak to the Rector for further information.