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St Dunstan’s

Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire, England

St Dunstan's

A Baptism, or Christening, is the unique moment where a human being becomes part of the Christian faith. Baptism is the central act of a Christening service, and anyone can get baptized, at any time of their life. In Baptism, we have water poured over us as we are washed clean of the things we all (sadly) do in life which go against God’s loving desires for the world, and are ‘born again’ by God’s Holy Spirit.

Where can people get baptized?

In the Church of England, people are baptized in the church of the parish in which they live (a parish is a geographical area around a church).  If you’re not sure which parish you live in, you can find out at https://www.achurchnearyou.com/. If someone regularly worships in a church that is not their parish church, then they can get baptized there instead.

How do I arrange a Baptism?

If you are interested in being baptized or having your child baptized, then the best way to start is by coming along to a service on a Sunday morning. This will give you a chance to experience our worship, and to meet the people who form our community of faith. After the service you can speak to Peter, our vicar, who will be able to take you through some preliminary details.

How do we prepare for a Baptism?

Baptism is a wonderful moment in someone’s life, as it is the moment when someone is officially welcomed into the Christian faith. This is also a very important step, both for the person getting baptized, and their family. To help prepare for this, we encourage you to come to the weekly Sunday service. In the lead-up up to the Baptism, you will meet with the vicar to do some particular preparation for the service, where you can also ask any questions you might have and explore more about what Baptism will mean for you or your child.

How do I choose godparents?

Godparents make promises on behalf of themselves and their godchild, to pray for them and encourage them to flourish in the Christian faith. Because of these promises and responsibilities, a godparent should be a practising Christian and must have been Baptized. Children usually have three godparents (sometimes four); two of the same sex as the child and at least one of the opposite.

How can I find out more?

The Church of England’s website

https://churchofenglandchristenings.org is dedicated to all things baptism-related, and includes plenty of useful information.


Baby and parents

Please Note: For the time-being, whilst we still observe social distancing in St Dunstan’s, most baptisms for the coming months will be held in separate services from the 10 am Eucharist, to enable people to attend in safety.