Baptism at St James the Less




We are always happy to discuss christenings which can take place at any age but are most commonly performed for small children. In the first instance, please contact our Vestry secretary, Georgina Phillips (01968 768954 email

In church we use the word “baptism” to describe the christening ceremony. That’s because the service recalls the baptism of Jesus who himself was plunged into the waters of the River Jordan by his cousin John the Baptist at the start of the years when he began to teach.

The service usually takes place as part of our regular worship on a Sunday morning.

We cannot baptise anyone who has previously been baptised in another tradition, so long as the person was baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit using water. Baptism is held in common by many of the Christian denominations and so a baptism in the Scottish Episcopal Church is regarded as equivalent to baptism in many other traditions. If you are finding a way into the Episcopal church from another background Rev’d Lynsay will advise on different ways to mark this if you wish to do so publicly.

Often parents choose godparents to share the responsibility for bringing up a child.
The traditional number of godparents is three – two women and a man for a girl, and two men and a woman for a boy. However that is not a hard and fast rule. The important thing is to try to involve people who will have the child’s best interests at heart, ideally someone who can make connections with the local church.

In the Scottish Episcopal Church people are baptised with water and anointed with the oil of Chrism, which carries the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is why all baptised people are welcome to receive communion in our church.

View the liturgy for baptism.