Can we have our baby Christened or Baptised at home?

evessunshine 2 December 2010 34

Hi All, just wondering if it is possible to have our baby Christened or Baptised at home (not 100% on the difference?), and if anyone can recommend a priest in Canberra who will do this?

We don’t attend church, and aren’t very religious but would like to have our daughter baptised in a private ceremony in our garden.

Thanks for your help 🙂


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loubird22 loubird22 10:37 am 03 Dec 10

We let our kids choose their own political direction, why not the same with religion? Spare the kid and let him choose for himself when he can think for himself, especially since you aren’t particularly religious. What’s the point? Have a party just to celebrate that he is here, cut the mumbo jumbo out.

housebound housebound 9:44 am 03 Dec 10

liability said :

@ housebound

If you have have ever seen an enrollment form for a Catholic school you will see that there is no question as to whether the student has been baptised.

I have. There is such a question (or there sued to be, anyway). The grandchildren missed out on a place (high school) because of that exact reason. It put them too far down the ranking, despite having been at a catholic primary school for several years.

Jethro Jethro 8:17 am 03 Dec 10

Jethro said :

p1 said :

neanderthalsis said :

Jethro said :

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

They’re in a holding pattern around Saturn (hence the rings of stardust) waiting for admission to heaven; which has a “you must be this tall to ride” sign next to the gates.

I thought limbo was outsourced to India, was caught trying to re-enter illegally, and is not in a detention centre. Which makes sense when you think about it.

I believe Hinduism in India means that it specialises in recycling babies.

I am an idiot. Took me a while…..

cleo cleo 1:33 am 03 Dec 10

The Church of England minister came out to my mothers home when my baby brother was very ill, we thought that he would die, lucky for us he survived, he had cerberal meningitis

liability liability 9:27 pm 02 Dec 10

@ housebound

You don’t have to be Catholic to be enrolled at a Catholic school. Probably 30% of students in Catholic schools are non-Catholic.

If you have have ever seen an enrollment form for a Catholic school you will see that there is no question as to whether the student has been baptised.

Jethro Jethro 8:36 pm 02 Dec 10

p1 said :

neanderthalsis said :

Jethro said :

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

They’re in a holding pattern around Saturn (hence the rings of stardust) waiting for admission to heaven; which has a “you must be this tall to ride” sign next to the gates.

I thought limbo was outsourced to India, was caught trying to re-enter illegally, and is not in a detention centre. Which makes sense when you think about it.

I believe Hinduism in India means that it specialises in recycling babies.

Jethro Jethro 8:36 pm 02 Dec 10

p1 said :

neanderthalsis said :

Jethro said :

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

They’re in a holding pattern around Saturn (hence the rings of stardust) waiting for admission to heaven; which has a “you must be this tall to ride” sign next to the gates.

I thought limbo was outsourced to India, was caught trying to re-enter illegally, and is not in a detention centre. Which makes sense when you think about it.

I believe India specialises in recycling babies.

Fiona Fiona 7:17 pm 02 Dec 10

*head hurts*

I don’t get it.

Go the naming ceremony if you have to have something. I don’t get the religion thing, and many of the other commenters have good points about reasons that you won’t be able to do it at home.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 6:28 pm 02 Dec 10

Wait till she 18 and give her the choice instead of labelling them this and that when they have no say.

housebound housebound 5:00 pm 02 Dec 10

The thing about catholic school enrolments is 100% right – having your baby baptised gets you higher up the priority list. It can be the difference between getting into a catholic high school and not. Being enrolled in a catholic primary school isn’t always enough these days.

Of course, if there is no chance your child would go to a catholic high school, then it won’t matter. (And such a mercenary way to get your school of choice)

Roguelette Roguelette 4:30 pm 02 Dec 10

Something else to consider (based on a friends experience) some priests will not christen a child if the parents are not married.

p1 p1 3:03 pm 02 Dec 10

LadyoftheLake said :

The difference? Catholics get Baptised and other Christians get Christened…. If you don’t know the difference you really shouldn’t bother. Oh unless you want to get your kids in Catholic schools.

Really, I would have thought Baptists would get baptised and catholics, ermmm, licked?

LadyoftheLake LadyoftheLake 3:00 pm 02 Dec 10

The difference? Catholics get Baptised and other Christians get Christened…. If you don’t know the difference you really shouldn’t bother. Oh unless you want to get your kids in Catholic schools.

p1 p1 2:50 pm 02 Dec 10

neanderthalsis said :

Jethro said :

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

They’re in a holding pattern around Saturn (hence the rings of stardust) waiting for admission to heaven; which has a “you must be this tall to ride” sign next to the gates.

I thought limbo was outsourced to India, was caught trying to re-enter illegally, and is not in a detention centre. Which makes sense when you think about it.

JessicaNumber JessicaNumber 2:28 pm 02 Dec 10

How about a Wiccaning? I don’t quite understand what you expect to gain from initiating your child into a religion you have no intention of practicing but it might as well be an interesting one.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 2:26 pm 02 Dec 10

Jethro said :

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

They’re in a holding pattern around Saturn (hence the rings of stardust) waiting for admission to heaven; which has a “you must be this tall to ride” sign next to the gates.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:15 pm 02 Dec 10

georgesgenitals said :

Most non-Catholic denominations would probably be happy to conduct the ceremony at home.

I would expect this to be the case. It was certainly the case when Mrs C and I tied the knot all those years ago (Catholic ceremony). We had a family friend, in fact he probably baptised me too, do the ceremony and he would have married us anywhere, but the locals wouldn’t allow us to do the deed outside a church, so to speak.

Sounds a bit daft, but Baptism *might* make it easier for junior to be accepted into a private (Catholic) school when the time comes, if that is a consideration.

Otherwise, don’t bother, and just go with what you want.

Mathman Mathman 2:12 pm 02 Dec 10

Jethro said :

Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.

About the only benefit is that most churches require at least one of the couple to be baptised in order to be able to be married in a church.

daddy said :

The full rite of baptism does include commitments to be practicing members of the church so that must be considered along with the feeling of just wanting to have it done.

I must admit, this is what turned us away from baptism for our kids. Having attended a friend’s kids baptism, we were very uncomfortable with the commitments the parents were asked to make – both from a belief and honesty point of view. In the end we had naming ceremonies for both our kids and we found that they were a much more personal and social event than the ‘batch job’ service provided by the church.

A tip for the inexperienced – write down the name of your child for the ceremony. What with the excitement of the day, meeting family and friends, organising the catering and keeping your child and other siblings quite during the ceremony, its not unknown to forget something at a critical moment – like the name of the child you are naming. A tad embarrassing when it gets to the bit ‘We name our child um, argh, oh whatshisname’.

Brindabella Brindabella 2:06 pm 02 Dec 10

daddy said :

Baptism is the first of the Christian Sacraments of Initialtion

Only if you subscribe to the Catholic version of Christianity.

Jethro Jethro 1:43 pm 02 Dec 10

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

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