Baptism Enquiries

Baptism Enquiries

Note that the other word used for baptism is “christening”.

Adult Baptism Enquiry Form

We are really excited that you are considering baptism! As you are an adult, it is important that you understand that baptism is a ceremony by which people publicly declare their faith in Jesus Christ, and show that declaration to the Church and the world through their daily lives. If you are not a regular worshipper at a church that is part of the Parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw or Rudry then you will need to start attending regularly before you are baptised. We will also want to chat with you about your journey to faith and what it means to be a Christian. In the meantime, please fill in the following form so that someone can get in touch with you to introduce themselves and connect with you. Please be assured of our prayers as you explore this important, life changing journey of faith.

Baptism of an infant

Agreements

Thank you for your request for us to host a service to welcome your child into the world and the Church. We are delighted that you have made contact with us and we want to do the best for you and your child! Before we go any further, we need to establish a few things and obtain your consent…

The Promises

In the baptism service of an infant, the parents and godparents make serious promises, declarations and commitments:

Q: The baptism of its new members is an occasion of great joy for the Christian Church. By water and the Spirit, we are reborn as God’s children, and are made followers of Christ, members of his body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven. Will you accept these things for your child? A: We will.

Q: In asking for your child to be baptised, you are accepting the responsibility of brining him/her up as a Christian. In caring for him/her, will you help him/her to keep God’s commandments by loving God and neighbour as Christ has taught us? Will you pray for him/her, and draw him/her by your own example into the community of faith? A: With the help of God, we will.

Q: Do you turn to Christ? A: I turn to Christ.

Q: Do you repent of your sins? A: I repent of my sins.

Q: Do you renounce evil A: I renounce evil.

In summary, these questions are asking you whether you agree to mentoring your child in the Christian faith, whether you are a Christian yourself, and whether you live your life accordingly, and whether you are committed to your local church and whether you will commit to bringing your child up in the Church through regular church attendance.

It’s important that you can answer these questions with integrity. The baptism of an infant requires that you make promises to God that you will do everything in your power to introduce them to Jesus and encourage them to put their trust in him. It requires that you will lead by your own example. Baptism itself does not make someone a Christian, and it is not a magic ceremony or a lucky charm that will bring good fortune to your child. If you cannot answer these questions with integrity, then you should not have your child baptised; in this instance, a Thanksgiving Service will enable you to welcome your child, thank God for them and seek God’s blessing on them without making promises that you will not be able to keep.

Your vicar will explore the promises in more detail if you pursue a baptism for your child.

Child Baptism 6-10 Enquiry Form

Agreements

Thank you for your interest in having your child baptised as a marker of your desire for them to grow up to become a Christian. We are delighted that you have made contact with us and we want to do the best for you and your child! Before we go any further, we need to establish a few things and obtain your consent…

The Promises

In the baptism service of a child, the parents and godparents make serious promises, declarations and commitments:

Q: The baptism of its new members is an occasion of great joy for the Christian Church. By water and the Spirit, we are reborn as God’s children, and are made followers of Christ, members of his body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven. Will you accept these things for your child? A: We will.

Q: In asking for your child to be baptised, you are accepting the responsibility of brining him/her up as a Christian. In caring for him/her, will you help him/her to keep God’s commandments by loving God and neighbour as Christ has taught us? Will you pray for him/her, and draw him/her by your own example into the community of faith? A: With the help of God, we will.

Q: Do you turn to Christ? A: I turn to Christ.

Q: Do you repent of your sins? A: I repent of my sins.

Q: Do you renounce evil A: I renounce evil.

In summary, these questions are asking you…

  • whether you agree to mentoring your child in the Christian faith

  • whether you are a Christian yourself and whether you live your life accordingly

  • whether you are committed to your local church, and

  • whether you will commit to bringing your child up in the Church through regular church attendance.


It’s important that you can answer these questions with integrity. The baptism of a child requires that you make promises to God that you will do everything in your power to introduce them to Jesus and encourage them to put their trust in him. It requires you to lead by your own example. Baptism itself does not make someone a Christian, and it is not a magic ceremony or a lucky charm that will bring good fortune to your child.

If you cannot answer these questions with integrity, you should not have your child baptised at this time. Your vicar would love to talk to you about the options open to you and your child if you wish to explore the Christian faith further.

Your vicar will explore the promises in more detail if you pursue a baptism for your child.

Child Baptism 11-17 Enquiry Form

Agreements

Thank you for your interest in having your child baptised as a marker of your desire for them to grow up to become a Christian. We are delighted that you have made contact with us and we want to do the best for you and your child! Before we go any further, we need to establish a few things and obtain your consent…

The Promises

In the baptism service of a child, the parents and godparents make serious promises, declarations and commitments:

Q: The baptism of its new members is an occasion of great joy for the Christian Church. By water and the Spirit, we are reborn as God’s children, and are made followers of Christ, members of his body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven. Will you accept these things for your child? A: We will.

Q: In asking for your child to be baptised, you are accepting the responsibility of brining him/her up as a Christian. In caring for him/her, will you help him/her to keep God’s commandments by loving God and neighbour as Christ has taught us? Will you pray for him/her, and draw him/her by your own example into the community of faith? A: With the help of God, we will.

Q: Do you turn to Christ? A: I turn to Christ.

Q: Do you repent of your sins? A: I repent of my sins.

Q: Do you renounce evil A: I renounce evil.

In summary, these questions are asking you…

  • whether you agree to mentoring your child in the Christian faith

  • whether you are a Christian yourself and whether you live your life accordingly

  • whether you are committed to your local church, and

  • whether you will commit to bringing your child up in the Church through regular church attendance.


It’s important that you can answer these questions with integrity. The baptism of a child requires that you make promises to God that you will do everything in your power to introduce them to Jesus and encourage them to put their trust in him. It requires you to lead by your own example. Baptism itself does not make someone a Christian, and it is not a magic ceremony or a lucky charm that will bring good fortune to your child.

If you cannot answer these questions with integrity, you should not have your child baptised at this time. Your vicar would love to talk to you about the options open to you and your child if you wish to explore the Christian faith further.

Your vicar will explore the promises in more detail if you pursue a baptism for your child.

Book a Thanksgiving Service

The answers you have given indicate to us that a baptism service for your child is not appropriate at this time. However, we’d love to hold a Thanksgiving Service for your child, and the booking form is below. This doesn’t mean that your child cannot have a baptism service at a later date, but this would require further exploration with your vicar. To book a Thanksgiving Service for your child, please fill in the form below:

Your Contact Details

Other Parent/Guardian Contact Details

Child’s Details

Thanksgiving Service Details

Please note that the details you enter in this section will need to be confirmed by the vicar.

What happens next?
Once this form has been submitted, your vicar will be in touch to arrange a meeting with you to talk about the Thanksgiving Service and what it involves. Your vicar will also talk about ways in which the service can be tailored to make it personal and extra special for you, your child and your wider family and friends.

In a Thanksgiving Service, there are lots of ways to do this from adding in poetry, special readings, involving siblings, and music/singing.

You can also nominate “supporting friends” who are people you deem to have a significant impact and influence in your child’s life. They can be recognised in the service. 

You may want to think about these things leading up to the meeting with your vicar.

Book a Thanksgiving Service and get the ball rolling…

We are very excited to be able to book a Thanksgiving Service for your child and make preparations for a baptism! Please fill in the following form to get started.

Your Contact Details

Other Parent/Guardian Contact Details

Child’s Details

Thanksgiving Service Details

Please note that the details you enter in this section will need to be confirmed by the vicar.

What does the service involve?
Once this form has been submitted, your vicar will be in touch to arrange a meeting with you to talk about the Thanksgiving Service and what it involves. Your vicar will also talk about ways in which the service can be tailored to make it personal and extra special for you, your child and your wider family and friends.

In a Thanksgiving Service, there are lots of ways to do this from adding in poetry, special readings, involving siblings, and music/singing.

You can also nominate “supporting friends” who are people you deem to have a significant impact and influence in your child’s life. They can be recognised in the service. 

You may want to think about these things leading up to the meeting with your vicar.

What do I/we do next?
If you haven’t already, you should start attending church regularly. At the same time, you should make it a priority to deepen your faith and your child’s faith. If you’re unsure of how to do this, ask your vicar for advice when they meet with you.

Next Steps

We are very excited to start exploring baptism with you and your child. Please fill in the following form to get the ball rolling…

Your Contact Details

Other Parent/Guardian Contact Details

Child’s Details

By entering your child’s email address into this box, you are agreeing for them to be contacted by us to arrange baptism preparation. Please leave blank if you are unhappy with this.

What do I/we do next?
Your vicar will be in touch to talk about baptism preparation and to explore the next steps. If you haven’t already, you should start attending church regularly. At the same time, you should make it a priority to deepen your faith and your child’s faith. If you’re unsure of how to do this, ask your vicar for advice when they are in contact with you.

Data Protection & Submission

When you submit this form, you understand, acknowledge and consent to the following: 1. That your data will be held in accordance with our Data Protection Policy , 2. That we will communicate with you from time to time using the information you have given and that this will continue until you notify us that you no longer wish to receive these communications and that 3. If a baptism takes place, a record will be held of the baptism in the church registers forever in a secure safe. These records will held in accordance with our Data Protection Policy.

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