St Alban's Church

Churchill Parken 11, Langelinie, DK 1263, Copenhagen, Denmark | Map

 


Today is: Friday 17th, 2017

Baptism and Confirmation

Baptism of Children

Introduction

We celebrate the baptism of children with great joy at St Alban´s, for by this sacrament of water and the Holy Spirit, a child of God is named and welcomed into the family of God´s Church. Parents come to the service to give thanks for their child and to provide a spiritual home for him or her, a community in which to grow and explore faith and the spiritual adventure of being a created human being. Baptism marks the start of this journey, a turning away from the paralysis of self-centredness to the life, light and wholeness found in Jesus Christ.

David F. Wells put it like this: This is what baptism is: God places a song in your heart. Your godparents´role is to learn that song so well that they can sing it back to you when you forget how it goes. And this is the song: heaven is open to you; God´s spirit is with you; you are everything to God. This is the song that makes your heart sing. And what does the song mean? I´ll tell you. You are the song in God´s heart, and God will never forget that song. (The Christian Century, 2000)

When do baptisms take place?

Baptisms are held on the first Sunday of each month during the 10:30 Family Eucharist, except during Lent and Advent. Please contact our Chaplain several months in advance of the date you prefer, as time is needed for preparation.

How many godparents should the child have?

The minimum of godparents the child may have is three, by custom normally two of the child´s gender and one of the opposite gender. The godparents must be baptised and, usually, confirmed. When a godparent is unable to attend a baptism, a proxy is welcome to stand in for him or her at the service. We hope that you will also invite members of your family and your friends to share in the celebration.

How much does a baptism cost?

There is no church fee for a baptism, but only an administration charge for the legal registration work that is required and a charge for the special Baptism Candle. Contact our Registrar for details. At the baptism service itself, there is a collection of money during the third hymn. This is for the work of St Alban's Church. We are not State funded, and only receive money for our church from our congregation and visitors.  Please give generously.

How do we apply to have our child baptised?

Download the application form for baptism from this website and send it to the Chaplain at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) as well as a copy of it to the Registrar at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Please also send the Registrar a copy of your child´s birth registration, copies of your own birth certificates and, if you are married, your marriage certificate. The Chaplain will then contact you following your application and will arrange with you a time to meet and discuss the baptism in more detail.

Link to Church of England webpage on Baptism

Baptism of Adults

The celebration of the baptism of an adult normally takes place during a service of Confirmation and candidates similarly undertake a course of preparation. If you are considering being baptised please contact the Chaplain (39 62 77 36) so that a conversation may be arranged for you both to discuss what is one of the most important decisions a person can make.

Confirmation

St Alban´s provides an annual opportunity for baptised members of the congregation to renew their baptismal promises and to be confirmed in their Christian faith by the bishop or a bishop who comes to celebrate this wonderful rite of Christian commitment and refreshment on his behalf. In order to prepare for Confirmation, candidates undertake a course of learning and exploration – often during Lent. If you would like to know more about Confirmation in the Church of England please contact the Chaplain (39627736).

Link to Church of England webpage on Confirmation