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.

If you would like to arrange a baptism ring the office on 01590 612242, leave a message and we will get back to you.  Once a date has been ‘pencilled in’, you will be sent a form which must be returned to the Office as soon as possible.  You must then arrange a meeting with the Rector on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the date can be confirmed.

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.

Everyone is welcome to have their child baptised in their parish church. Whether you are exploring the possibility of a baptism, or whether you have already decided, the Rector will be delighted to hear from you to talk about it.