Baptisms at St.George's Beckenham
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Baptism of Babies
If you live in the Parish of St. George Beckenham you are entitled to have your baby Baptised in the Parish Church and we shall be delighted to welcome you.
When you first make contact one of the Clergy will come round to visit you to start to get to know you and to talk with you about what Baptism is. Once the date is finalised you’ll join in a short Baptism preparation course with other parents culminating in the Baptism itself.
The earlier babies are Baptised the better, but the preparation period can take a while so please get in touch to start the process off as soon as possible after the birth.
Phone or email the Church Office if you want to ask for your baby to be Baptised.
If you don’t live in the Parish it’s generally better for your baby to be Baptised in your own Parish Church. This will get you in contact with the Church where you are. If you don’t live in the Parish but have a strong and current connection with St. George's Parish Church (for instance if you or the baby’s grandparents worship here each Sunday) it may be possible for your baby to be Baptised here as long as your own Vicar agrees. If you think you have such a connection or if you’re not sure whether you live in the Parish or not phone or email the Rector now to enquire.
Baptism of Older Children
If your older child is not already attending Church or Sunday school the first thing to do is to start coming on Sundays. Broadly the pattern regarding residence in the Parish, and joining in the preparation course is the same as for babies. The big difference is that sometimes with older children it’s better for them to wait a few years and then be Baptised and Confirmed together. There will always need to be some discussion with the Clergy to determine what’s best in the particular circumstances.
So… start coming to Church if you don’t already do so but by all means phone or email the Rector to enquire.
Baptism of Adults
More and more people are discovering the riches of the Christian faith and asking for Baptism. This is a big commitment and adults who have not been Baptised before are Baptised and Confirmed at the same time. If you’re not already coming to Church regularly you should start now and then you can discuss it with one of the Clergy. Among other things, we'll tell you all about the preparation course. Do phone or email the Rector or another member of our clergy team to enquire further if you wish. You’ll be very welcome indeed.