Owing to the increased risk of infection by the new variant of Coronavirus, His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain has directed that Baptisms are currently allowed only with special permission from the Archdiocese.
Arrangements for the baptism of a child must be made directly with the priest, Father Kosmas. If at all possible, you should come to the church and discuss this with him face to face after one of the services. If you live a long way from Rugby, or want to make a preliminary enquiry, please email him: please state clearly your name, the child’s name and age, and your preferred date for the baptism.
Baptisms usually take place on Sundays after the Divine Liturgy, beginning at around 1.30 pm. Exceptionally, baptisms can be arranged at other times if Father Kosmas is available, but it is unlikely that he will be able to arrange for baptism to take place on a weekday: he lives at some distance from Rugby and has a secular job from Monday to Friday.
Father Kosmas will discuss all the arrangements with you and will give you a written confirmation of the date and time. Please wait for this confirmation before making any other arrangements such as telling your family and friends, booking a venue for a baptism party, etc.
The Church does not ‘sell’ sacraments, so no specific fee is charged by the priest to perform the baptism. The Archdiocese makes a charge to issue a Certificate of Baptism: a fee of £60 is payable. If your family would find it difficult to pay this, please speak to Father Kosmas: we do not want any child to go unbaptised, or for their baptism to be delayed because of cost.
It is also customary to make an offering to the priest and/or the church as a sign of gratitude. The value of this offering should be in line with the family’s financial situation.
Adult Baptism and Reception into the Church
Adults who have not been baptized (or who have been baptised in a non-Orthodox church) and who wish to become members of the Orthodox Church within our Community must discuss this directly with Father Kosmas face to face after one of the services, or make an appointment to see him at another time.
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, adult baptism or reception into the Church by chrismation will only take place after the person who wishes to become a member of the Church has been attending services regularly and faithfully for several months, and after appropriate instruction.