we set up the web 5 years ago we didn't quite know what to expect.
But we are currently recording about a thousand per month
and although we don’t know who all the people are, or how serious
was their “surfing”, there is much evidence that the site is
filling a vital need as will be seen from the extracts below. We
also have a world-wide audience!
Enquiries have been received from Hawaii, Texas, Continental
Europe, and Australia.
the technical front, the vast majority of enquirers find the site
quick to load and easily navigable (it should be with over 3000
if you do encounter problems please let me know.
“Web masters” yearn to be number one on the various search
engines. We actually
haven’t done too badly and Google has had us at 1 or 2 on UK search
for some time with the
description “Wide and balanced variety of information and
we receive enquiries we always seek to try and find out the source
and it seems fairly evident that the main source is our official
listing on the Church of England web-site and through the search
engines; “Hello, I found your site after looking up infant
baptism on the net”. We
are also listed in the Church of England newspaper and Church Times
as “resources”, but we have no direct knowledge of their
general, searches on the word “baptism theology” and “baptism
practice” bring our site quite high on the list, but
unfortunately “baptism” by itself is peopled by many
people selling Christening gowns!
As time permits we will be publishing some of these questions
and answers on the site, but the following will give you a flavour. It seems as though questions fall into a number of headings.
your sight (sic) off
my teacher.” “I am
a student at …… and am preparing a seminar on the church’s
response to miscarriages; specifically I am interested in the
liturgy and rites offered to parents on the pre-natal death of their
were able to provide a wealth of information on the subject.
from the BBC for material in connection with their Songs of Praise
programme on rites of passage.
(Hopefully we were able to influence the direction of this a
little bit from where it was going!?
“Where can I get a BCP baptism service
performed? Our marriage
“Your web-site is exactly what I have been looking
for. The advice given
about the Thanksgiving is exactly what I would like for my twins.
Where can services like this be held?…..”
Information requested on initiation videos.
(Here we hoped to be encouraging someone else to create a
response is complimentary!
“I can truly say it is
with great misfortune that I came upon your web-site…..
I have encountered nothing but bigoted hypocrisy from those
representatives of the church to whom I have approached on this
subject and from this very site….”. I hope our reply crossed a
bridge or two!
questions come up under this heading.
For example, change of name on baptism (very erudite
subject!); who can baptise?; age of godparents; how can I get a copy
of my baptism certificate?, “My friend was baptised “somewhere
in Wales”, can you help?”
“I have a four month old baby boy…..
However I have been told my child cannot be baptised as I
have not been baptised myself…….”
there any truth to the “fact” that children in the 13th century
in the UK were baptised with beer when the water wasn’t considered
No good answer provided!
“Congratulations on your site, there is much of
interest here. This is
from a non-believer – (speaking frankly I regard you all as
adherents of middle eastern death cult predicated on human
sacrifice, the male high priest of which wear dresses and commit
ritual cannibalism every Sunday – but let that pass) – you have
produced a helpful site. Please
do not reply.” (No
comment needed here!)
you like to help? Before
any reply is sent it is circulated to two or three committee members
for balance and accuracy, but we would really welcome more on our
“panel” to widen our knowledge base.
Please let me know.