Baptisms in the Benefice
Baptisms in The Abbey Church are usually private services after the morning services are finished. In St Katharine’s, Exbury and St Paul’s, East Boldre the baptisms are during the morning Family Service. In practice, this means:-
1st Sunday of the month: St Paul’s, East Boldre 11.15am
2nd Sunday: St Katharine’s, Exbury 11.15am
3rd Sunday: Abbey Church 1.00pm
4th Sunday: No baptisms
If you live within the parishes of Beaulieu, Exbury and East Boldre then we are happy to arrange the baptism of your child and we are pleased to welcome him or her into our Christian Community. If you do not live within one of our parishes, but have a connection with one of our churches, then, again, we would be happy to arrange your child’s baptism. The sort of connection that would be relevant might be
You were married in one of the churches in our Benefice (Beaulieu Abbey Church, St Pauls East Boldre, St Katherine's Exbury, or Bucklers Hard Chapel)
You were baptised or confirmed in one of our churches
You have already had a child baptised in one of our churches
There are no statutory fees for services of baptism, however, a donation to the church is very welcome.
The private service takes about 30 minutes. If you want to sing hymns which would lengthen the service, then you would have to ask us to arrange an organist whose fee would be £30.
We suggest three god-parents, never more than four. Every god-parent should have been baptised and one should have been confirmed. At any baptism service there can be a maximum of 2 families having a child baptised.