1) Baptisms may take place throughout the whole year, except during Holy Week and at Christmas (unless special permission has been given);
2) The Birth Certificate of the person to be baptised must be produced on the day of the Baptism;
3) The person acting as Godparent must be a member of the Orthodox Church in good standing, and must be conscious of the Godparent’s obligations and responsibilities.
RECEIVING NON-ORTHODOX INTO THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
Those who belong to a denomination that baptises with water in the name of the Trinity and who wish to become Orthodox are received into the Orthodox Church by chrismation. Members of other Christian denominations are received by baptism.
Those who wish to be received into the Orthodox Church should first undergo a period of instruction in the Orthodox Faith and Practice.
Orthodox who apostatize, should they choose to return to the Orthodox Church, are received again by chrismation.
What happens after my baby is baptised?
Sundays: For you and your child we hope that you’ll come back and visit us on Sundays – you’re so welcome to be part of our church family. We seek to discover what it means to be alive to God in our lives and for our children – that we and they may grow in the confidence of God’s love for us .
One must not forget that in the Orthodox Church infants may receive Holy Communion as soon as they are baptised.
Weekdays: For you and your child during the week, we hope that you may enjoy coming to any service you can attend.
Let us not forget what the Bible teaches:
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)