Many clergy will at sometime have experienced a… challenging baptism.

Reflecting on that has led me to add the following line to my webpage on baptism:

However, if you aren’t sure about being able to make these promises, if you simply don’t believe in all this, if you are just having “the baby done” for the sake of a nice party and some lovely photographs, then I’m afraid baptism isn’t for you. We don’t routinely offer the Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child unless your child was (for example) baptised in an emergency when they were born, as this is the chance to thank God for that already baptised child; but we don’t offer it as “baptism-lite”: these promises are serious.

It’s a shame that a few experiences from the past have to make this worth saying, but many will understand why…