Baptisms & Christening
In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. It is a service where we acknowledge our desire to ‘believe’ in God, to ‘belong’ to his family and to ‘become’ more like his Son Jesus Christ, as we ask him to journey with us through life.
In the Anglican church it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening. Baptism is a ‘sacrament’, an outward sign of God touching our lives. In the Christian tradition, that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptized in the river Jordan.
Everyone is welcome to have their children christened in their parish church. During the service your child will be baptized and with the support of the church, you and godparents, your child begins an amazing journey of faith.
All you need to know about planning and going to a Church of England christening can be found by at https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/, which gives lots of information about choosing godparents, what you need to know and answers to questions you may have. If you are not ready for this step, you can look here https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/for-parents/thanksgiving-service/ to find out more information about saying thank you to God for the birth of your child.
If you are considering baptism or if you would like to discuss a service of thanksgiving for the birth or adoption of your child, please speak to your parish priest, who can be contacted through the Contacts box.
There is no charge for a baptism or christening service, although there may be a small fee levied if a formal certificate is required.
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Contact Your Parish
Contact the rector or vicar for your parish for more information.