St. Andrew's United Reformed Church

Ramshill Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 2LN

Email: [email protected]

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Baptisms & Naming Ceremonies


Whether you are wanting to get baptised yourself, or to bring a child to be baptised, step one is to pray and to have a conversation with God, but step two is to read these FAQ’s:


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Is a baptism the same as a christening?

A. Yes, they are just different words for the same thing.


Q. When can we have a baptism?

A. Baptisms at St. Andrew’s normally take place in our Sunday service, because they are a public declaration that your child has become part of the church family. It is important that the church congregation is there to support you and welcome your child. However, if this is an issue for you, please have a chat with the minister.


Q. Can I renew my baptism?

A. You can only be baptised once, but there are ways of renewing your commitment publicly as an adult, and the minister is happy to talk to you about re-naming and re-commitment ceremonies.


Q. I don’t go to church, can I still have my child baptised?

A. Yes. God's love is available to all, regardless of their background. We can talk you through the options: you may prefer to have a Thanksgiving or naming service first – this leaflet can help you think about what service you would like for your child:


Q. What does it cost?

A. There is no charge for a baptism, but donations to the church are always welcome.


Q. What is a godparent?

A. Godparents promise to pray and support the child and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith. It is an important and responsible role.


Q. How many godparents am I allowed to have?

A. There is no ideal number, usually two to four but it is up to you.