Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Baptism & Confirmation

Baptismal fontBaptism (Christening) is how someone becomes a member of the Church. In the Church of England we Baptize children and adults. The water of Baptism both washes away sin and gives the gift of eternal life, making the person being Baptized part of the Body of Christ, the Church.

If you live in the parish or worship with us regularly — or would like to worship with us regularly — you are encouraged to bring your child for Baptism. We normally Baptize at the 10:30am Sung Mass on Sundays. You will need three Godparents, who should be Baptized and, ideally, Confirmed and churchgoers themselves.

If you are an adult seeking Baptism we traditionally Baptize and Confirm at the same time. Confirmation is the adult ownership of the promises made at Baptism and, celebrated by a Bishop, connects you to the wider church and gives you the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is the normal route through which people are admitted to Holy Communion. Baptism and Confirmation of adults takes place at various times throughout the year.

There is no charge for Baptism or Confirmation - the gift of faith is free.

Baptized children who are ready to affirm their own faith are encouraged to prepare for Confirmation in special classes designed for their age group (we normally prepare children for Confirmation from age 12 or 13). Most children make their First Communion when they are Confirmed.