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The first tier is for local baptised children, the second for baptised children from elsewhere who can't access a Catholic school in their area and tier three for "other" children.
In the New Testament Jesus is baptised by John the Baptist who bashfully complains that he is unworthy to untie the Master's shoelaces.
Overall, the number of children being baptised increased from 67,724 a decade ago to 74,767 in 2011.
First into the water were Mike Perrin and his daughter Chloe, who were baptised by the minister of Gloddaeth United Church, Rev Neil Kirkham.
I was wearing a wetsuit, as was my dad who baptised me, but I most certainly could still feel the cold.
Elliott Stewart, 11, was denied a free pass to St Leonard's School in Durham because council rules say a child and at least one of his parents must be a baptised Catholic to get subsidised travel to a faith school.
The Hannas have made it a tradition that new family members are baptised by the Rt Rev Colin Bennetts at Coventry Cathedral, and six-month-old Simon was the latest to keep up the tradition.
David Voas, a demographer at the university and author of the study, predicted that the number of Anglican will continue to decline at a rate of a million every five years years as older people die and fewer of the young are baptised.
Just as the Church baptised Paul in the first century, it baptised the Jew Jean-Marie Lustiger, the present Cardinal Archbishop of Paris, in the 20th, in keeping with His command to baptise all nations.
A SKELMANTHORPE pupil has followed in the footsteps of her Saxon ancestors after being baptised in an ancient font.
FIVE generations of a family got together for a christening - where the baby was baptised by her great-gran.
During the service at Ysgol Parch Thomas Ellis, Holyhead the vicar, Rev Jane Bailey, baptised 16 youngsters and one adult.