When and where to baptize
A child can be baptized and taken into the Evangelical Lutheran Church if at least one of the childís parents (legal guardians) is a member of the church. According to the Church Order (Kirkkojärjestys) parents should have their children baptized without unnecessary delay. It is practical to do this within two months of a child's birth, because the childís given name(s) should be registered by that time in Finland's Population Register, and when a child is baptized, the church can take care of this registration. Baptism is conducted by a pastor in a church or some other church facility, at home or at some other suitable place. A baptism in a church can take place in a public worship service or as a separate occasion. Regardless of the manner and place, however, baptism is a Christian worship service as well as a family occasion.
Naming the child
Registration of the child
Contacts for more information
Arranging a baptism in a Lutheran congregation in Espoo
To reserve a pastor and a church or other church venue, contact the Service Center (palvelukeskus) of the Lutheran congregations.
Reservations for a baptism
Phone: 09 8050 2601
Address: Kirkkokatu 1, 02770 Espoo
(Postal address: P.O.Box 200, 02771 Espoo)
Pastor on duty:
Phone: 09 8050 2602
Office hours Mon–Fri 8 AM to 3 PM
Lutheran congretations (parishes) in EspooEsbo svenska (Swedish-speaking)
Tuomiokirkkoseurakunta (Espoo Cathedral Parish)