"And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name."



Before you Start

Before we begin the process of applying for you or your child's baptism we strongly recommend that you read the 'Baptism Letter' which our Vicar has written.


Beginning the Application

St. James' Church is one of the more popular churches in Burnley for baptisms, therefore we urge you to begin the application process at least six weeks before your preferred date.

Now that you have read the 'Baptism Letter' you need to fill in the 'Baptism Application Form” – this may be obtained by attending one of our church services (see home page) by approaching the Vicar or a Churchwarden after the service has finished. Please then complete the form at home and arrange for a time to return to a church service to hand it to the Vicar and have a discussion about the contents of the service. The best thing to do is to contact the Vicar by telephone to say that you have completed the form and when you will be returning to church with it.


The Service

At St. James' Church, the usual practice for baptisms is to hold them at 12:00 on Sundays. You may also request for the baptism service to take place in the context of our Sunday 10.15 Sung Eucharist or indeed any other of our regular services during the week. (contact the Vicar for more information about this option)