Baptism and Confirmation

Baptism

Baptism, sometimes known as Christening, marks a new beginning of Christian life whether we are adults or children. That journey to faith may already have been long or dramatic or even difficult or convoluted but this service provides us with a way in which we become full members of God’s church.  Baptism also presents to us the Christian story and invites us to make that story even more part of our life story.  Baptism is available for children, young people and adults.

Baptism at the Cathedral can be arranged for babies, children and adults who:

  • live within the Cathedral parish boundaries (a small area of the city centre) or
  • who are regular attendees or members of the Cathedral Community or
  • have a strong pastoral reason which will be considered by the Canon Precentor (the Dean making the final decision).

If you qualify through the latter category, you will then be required to consult your local Church of England parish where you live before a Baptism can be arranged. Those who approach the Cathedral but who do not fit into the above criteria will be encouraged to become part of the Cathedral Community before making a formal request for Baptism.

Baptism normally takes place for children on designated Sundays (approximately 4-6 times per year) during the main 10.30am morning Eucharist.  We try to publish dates at least 6 months in advance.  Baptism for young people and adults normally takes place as part of the Diocesan Confirmation services which take place approximately four times per year in the Cathedral, including early on Easter Day.

To receive an application form please email the Cathedral Office.

On return of the completed paperwork to Leicester Cathedral, St Martins House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester, LE1 5PZ, the Canon Precentor will liaise with you and he will arrange for a Baptism Preparation session.

There is no fee for baptism but we encourage you to make a generous thank offering in the collection during the service, using wherever possible the Gift Aid envelopes provided.

For more information, including information concerning Godparents and alternative services (such as a service to renew Baptismal promises, or a service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child), please view our Baptism Policy and Practice document.

Confirmation

Confirmations are normally held in the Cathedral at Easter and Advent.  Other confirmations are held at other churches in the Diocese throughout the year.

Your Parish Priest will be able to advise you about preparation for confirmation.

The Cathedral would like your confirmation to be a meaningful and comfortable experience.  To achieve this candidates may like to be involved in contributing to the liturgy or contributing something giving an insight into their journey to confirmation.

As a welcome to the Cathedral in an informal setting before the day of the Confirmation and to make you feel more comfortable, a rehearsal takes place a few days before each confirmation.  Your Parish Priest will have been given details of this.

For queries and further information please contact the Cathedral Office.