Diocese of Portsmouth

Baptism in the Church of England


What’s the difference between a baptism and a christening?

There is no difference, they are just different words for the same thing.

What is baptism?

Baptism is a response to God’s love – a desire and a commitment to respond to God’s call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God’s people.

Considering Baptism?

If you are considering being baptised, and would like more information, talk to your local vicar who will be delighted to help. (use the link below to find ‘a church near you’)

Find a Church

To find out more about the baptism of a child, visit the Church of England website.

If you have been previously baptised and would like to affirm your promises please get in touch with your local church to talk about confirmation or re-affirming your baptismal vows.

Read more about Confirmation