Baptism: Asylum

Church Commissioners written question – answered on 22nd November 2021.

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Photo of Chris Loder Chris Loder Conservative, West Dorset

To ask the Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, how many services the Church of England has conducted specifically for the purposes of Baptising people seeking asylum in each of the last five years.

Photo of Andrew Selous Andrew Selous The Second Church Estates Commissioner

Data are not kept on the nationality or migration status of those who seek Baptism. The content of the rite of Baptism remains the same for all.

Clergy are required by canon law to ensure that all who come to Baptism as adults are given appropriate teaching on the tenets of the faith and in encouragement to private spiritual devotion. Therefore, the preparation process may require specific, lengthier input and instruction of some groups of candidates before the clergyperson is confident of the independent faith of each individual.

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