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Baptism is a sacrament, a sign of the love of God. Through baptism we are publicly thanking Him for his gift of life and acknowledging his love.

As parents you are starting your child on a journey of faith and asking for the support of the Church. When you bring your child for baptism, you will be asked to declare publicly on behalf of your child that you believe in God and that you will bring him or her up to follow Jesus Christ.

Baptism is not restricted to infants. It can happen at any age. What matters is that those concerned believe it is right to ask for baptism. Teenagers and adults may be baptised, as you can see from the photo at the top of this page.

Although you can only be baptised once, there are ways of renewing your commitment publicly as an adult and the clergy will be happy to advise you.

Baptism at St Nicolas'

Baptism services at St. Nicolas' Church (sometimes known as Christenings) usually take place on the first and third Sunday each month at 4pm, though you may ask for a baptism to be included as part of the morning service at 10.30.

The best place to start if you wish to find out more about baptism into the Church of England is this page on the Church of England's website. It tells you everything you need to know about the service and the commitments involved.

When you have read it, please return to this page and read the information in the column to the right about how to arrange a baptism at St Nicolas'.

What Next?

If, after reading the Church of England's baptism page, you decide that you would like to go ahead with the baptism of your child, please use the links below to download both our leaflets about baptism in Kings Norton and read them carefully.

You should then come to St. Nicolas' Church on a Thursday evening between 6.30pm and 8pm and ask to see one of the Baptism Clerks, who will explain more of what Baptism involves and take you through the booking process. When you come, please bring this completed form with you if you are able to print it. If not, blank copies are available at church.

If you do not live in the parish of Kings Norton or worship with us, it may still be possible to have your baptism at St Nicolas' if there is a good reason. However, before you can book the baptism, you will need to speak with one of the clergy here and also see the vicar in whose parish you live. Our online map will show you whether or not you live in the parish.

The main purpose of the meeting the Baptism Clerk is to enable us to check that we have the correct details about you and to discuss the dates you have in mind. We would also like to talk to you about baptism preparation.

Because the baptism of your child is so important, we ask you to attend church for at least three Sundays before it takes place. We also ask you to share with others in two preparation sessions. In the first, you will learn about the life of the Church and in the second you will learn more about baptism itself. Preparation sessions are held on specific Thursdays throughout the year at 8pm in St.Nicolas' Church. The Baptism Clerk can provide you with the dates for this year.

We wish you God's blessing as you prepare for this important occasion. May you and your family know God's peace in the days and months ahead.