Saint James the Great

East Malling

Parish Church in the benefice of East Malling, Wateringbury and Teston in the Diocese of Rochester

Baptisms and Christenings

Why have a baby baptized?

There are all sorts of reasons for wanting your baby to be baptized.

You might have a sense that it's the right thing to do; you might want God's love for your child to be expressed in this particular way; you might recognise a value in the tradition.

Baptisms at St James

We welcome all people who want their children to be baptized. At the same time, we recognise it requires the parents and Godparents to make some significant declarations on behalf of their children, and we take these seriously.

We ask parents to be involved in some preparation when they can get together with other parents and see what it might mean to have their baby baptized.

Who can be a Godparent?

In order to be a Godparent, that person must themselves have been baptized. However, people who haven't been baptized can still be a part of the service, as a sponsor. Traditionally, a child has three Godparents, two from their own gender and one from the opposite gender, but there are no rules or regulations about this.

When do the services take place?

At St James The Great the services usually take place on the 1st Sunday of each month. Baptism services are public services: they either happen during the main parish family service, at 9.45am, or at 11.30am following on from the family service. Both have their advantages: at the family service, the congregation is able to welcome them fully as the people of the Church; at the 11.30am service, there's more time to explain exactly what each part of the service means.

For the booking of Baptisms or simply to make an enquiry, please telephone, write or e-mail us.

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