Christening (Child Baptism)
Anyone can get in touch with us to find out about having their child christened. During a christening your child will be baptised with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.
What will happen during the service?
Click here to explore what usually happens at a Church of England Christening service.
Will I need to choose Godparents?
Godparents are really important and you usually need to choose three. Choosing them is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Whether you are still thinking or have already asked some special friends, the Church of England has some helpful information on choosing and being a godparent.
Remember, the vicar will be happy to talk with you about choosing godparents and about involving them in the christening preparation.
Do parents have to be Christened?
You can have your child baptised at a christening regardless of whether or not you, the parents, are baptised. It is only the godparents who are required to be baptised, (so the only time a parent would have to be baptised is if they were also acting as a godparent).
How much does it cost?
The good news is that a christening service is free. There may be costs if you choose to have a family party afterwards, so you may need to budget for hire of a venue and refreshments.
More information can be found on the Church of England’s website: www.churchofenglandchristenings.org/
Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of an amazing journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too old to take this step, and being baptized as an adult is a wonderful experience.
If you want to know more about the Christian faith, or are ready to be baptized, then please contact the vicar.
This page uses content from the Church of England’s website: www.churchofenglandchristenings.org/