The Sacrament of Baptism is administered here at York Minster both to children and adults.  We believe that it is an important and wonderful moment not only for the individual and their family, but also for us as a Christian Community and we are delighted to arrange baptisms here for all who are members of the Minster community through being regular worshippers, working here or through connections with one of our military chapels. Baptisms usually take place in the font in the crypt at a time to suit the family concerned, however we encourage those who are regular members of our congregation to consider having their baptism as part of the 10am Choral Eucharist, or if this is not practical, for the newly baptised to be formally welcomed at the 10am Choral Eucharist as soon after the baptism as possible.

An adult seeking baptism will normally attend a group exploring and studying the Christian faith and be baptised and confirmed in the same service. There are normally two Confirmation services a year at the Minster, one at Easter and one at the end of November.

We understand that the baptism of infants is a very important occasion for families and serves, not only to mark the reception of the newly baptised into the body of Christ, the Church, but also to celebrate and gather as a family to rejoice in the birth of a new baby. With this in mind we believe it is important that baptism takes place where the infant lives and in the church community that will provide the regular support the infant will need to grow as a Christian. Baptism is about the child’s future not about the family’s past. We will not normally baptise children who do not live in or around York and have no other connection with the Minster other than that their parents were married here or other members of their family live and worship here. We therefore encourage everyone to have their children baptised in the child’s home church. If the Minster is the best venue for a family celebration around the birth of a child it is possible to arrange a short service of ‘Thanksgiving for the birth of a child’ which we would be pleased to arrange in conjunction with a family gathering.

Baptism is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God.  In the Commission, which is part of the baptism service, we affirm our hope that the newly baptised will ‘grow in friendship with God’. Baptism should always take place within the church community best able to nurture that friendship as the newly baptised grow in faith.    

Normally baptisms will be conducted by one of the Residentiary Canons, the Dean or a member of the Minster clergy. Licensed clergy in good standing with the diocese of York, and clergy from other Christian churches, may sometimes be invited to assist.