Baptism, of infants
The Church of England recognises the validity of the baptism of infants. Its position is defined in Article 27 See Articles of Religion. Whilst this is the norm – although not all the clergy assent to it – provision is made for the baptism of older people – “those of riper years” as the Book of Common Prayer calls them. When parents are unable to go along with infant baptism for any reason, some clergy offer a service of thanksgiving and/or dedication instead.