The Church of England has planned to overhaul its traditional baptism service. The new services will incorporate the language of EastEnders rather than the more traditional language of the Bible in order to make the service more “accessible”.
According to clergy serving working-class communities, prayers used in traditional services in English churches are “not earthed enough” so they are to be re-written.
The movement comes after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, voiced his fears that even members of the congregation switched off during his baptism services.
Members of the General Synod voted in favour of updating the texts after this revelation.
He said he was “very much in sympathy with the motion”, adding that he had “a slight feeling of eyes glazing over, which is not, I think, solely the fault of my delivery”.
Renovating the traditional wording is part of a wider initiative attempt to encourage more people to be baptised into the Church of England. The new form of words will be used at about 150,000 christenings across England every year.
The ceremony had not been altered for more than 400 years until it was changed in 1980 and this will be the third revision in 30 years.
Do you agree that the service should be altered? Or is this an insult to the tradition of religion?