X 24 Infant Baptism in the Church of England: A Guide to the Official Position of the Church and its Formularies


There is a long tradition of parents in England asking for baptism for their children from the local Church of England minister. This goes back to the time when all English people belonged visibly to the Church of England, and worshipped in their parish church on Sundays; but in recent years the request has often come from couples who have little or no connection with either the Church of England or the Christian faith. Often it is thought that the law requires the minister to give baptism, irrespective of the beliefs or disposition of the parents. This pamphlet sets out to provide an objective view of the Church of England's requirements, and to demonstrate that the law of the Church is neither casual nor unbothered. (Published in 1992; Refers to the ASB rite of Thanksgiving and Infant Baptism. Explanations of Canons B21, B22 and B23)

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Author: Colin Buchanan

Colin Buchanan was on the Liturgical Commission from 1964 to 1986, and in the General Synod 1970-1985 and, in the House of Bishops, 1990-2004. He was thus involved in the whole history of liturgical revision in the Church of England, within which he has taken a close interest in baptismal issues. He was the chair of the Group for Renewal Of Worship (GROW) from 1970 to 2003, and in that capacity founded Grove Books and led the Group in inaugurating the Grove Booklets on Ministry and Worship in 1971, and has written many himself.

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