Christenings and Baptism
At a christening a person is baptised with water and the Holy Spirit and is given a place among the Christian people of God. Whether you come as an adult or a baby, baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of your life. It's a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family. It is always a pleasure to be involved in a baptism and here we will help you through each stage of the planning process and make sure your service is personal to you.
Baptism of a child
The birth of a baby is a time of great joy and something to celebrate! Your child is precious to you and precious to God. Baptism is the beginning of a journey with God, so you need to consider the support for the child on that journey. We ask you to invite a number of people to be Godparents for the child – usually two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex, but you can have more than three. They can encourage the child and be a reliable adult friend. They themselves need to to have been baptised and “on their own journey with God”.
We also ask you to think about how you will bring up the child in the Christian Faith. You’re not alone – there are the child’s Godparents, and also the local church.
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Your Local Church
A Christening is a good opportunity to get to know your local church, and the special services and events they provide for children and families.
Even if you don’t live in the parish, feel free to discuss your needs with us.
There’s no charge for a Baptism, because it’s the free gift of God, but we do hope you will respond to that free gift with a donation to support the work of our church.