What is baptism?

A baby is Christened (or the technical term is Baptised) as a response to God and as a way of marking the child’s entry into the community of worshipping Christians. Parents usually choose a small number of godparents who will help the child grow up in the Christian faith and become part of the church in their own right. 

When the baptised child becomes a teenager or later as young adult, he or she may decide to ‘confirm’ their baptism by speaking for themselves at a special service where a bishop is present.

Godparents must be over the age of 18 and have been baptised.

Getting baptised and confirmed at Westbourne

We welcome enquiries about baptism and confirmation. The Rector, the Revd Andrew Doye, is able to speak with families and help prepare them for baptism and confirmation.

At St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne, we offer the opportunity for baptisms to be arranged as part of the main 9.30am Sunday service or later at 11.30am. In some circumstances it may be possible to arrange another time. There is no fee for a standard baptism service. Official baptism certificates carry a fee set by the Church of England.

To enquire about a baptism ('christening') at either of our churches please ring the Rector, Andrew Doye, on 01243 372867 who will be pleased to discuss the possibility. You can also email the Rector.

Confirmation instruction is provided for adults and children. Holy Communion is offered to baptised children aged seven and above who have completed a course of preparation. A Confirmation Service in 2017 takes place in May, preceeded by confirmation classes held at Funtington Church for the Westbourne Deanery.

More information

To find out more about baptism in the Church of England please visit and click on the tab ‘Weddings, Baptisms and funerals”.

Church of England Christenings

Adult baptism and the Church of England


Thanksgiving Services in the Church of England

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