Baptism (or Christening)
Baptism is a service about your commitment to God on your child’s behalf and the promises you make to God for them.
It is usual to choose 3 Godparents to help your child grow in faith and deepen their relationship with God as they grow up and will make the same promises as the parents in the service. However, all your family and friends who attend will also have an opportunity to declare their support in helping your child in their new life in Christ and welcoming them into the life of the church. Because of the importance of the promises made we ask God to help us fulfill the words we say to Him and as such the promises made should not be taken lightly or falsely.
What to do next?
As Baptism requires you to promise to help your child in becoming a member of Christ’s Church, we ask that you come along and join us for at least one service to get to know our Church family. We would love to support and encourage you as you prepare for this important step in your journey of faith, so please come along to one of our church services, at 10.30 am please see our services page for more details. Baptisms take place within a regular church service and families often find it helpful to be a part of a service before their child’s baptism is arranged.
Here are a few of the most common questions we are often asked:
1. Can I have my child Baptised even if I’m not Baptised?
Yes! Jesus welcomes all who wish to be baptised. You may wish to consider being baptised at the same service and make it a double celebration! We will be happy to discuss this further with you.
2. How much does it cost?
Nothing! There is no charge for a Baptism. There will be a collection taken during the service if you want to make a contribution to the church – but please feel under no obligation to do so. It is a gift of the church from us to you.
Please visit https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/ of more details.