Baptism or Christening
A child of God
Something extraordinary has happened, you have a new child and it feels like a miracle. Your child has started a journey and God is part of that journey too. We will help you give thanks for your child and welcome them into God's family, the church. At your child's christening or baptism, they are blessed by God and we pray that the Holy Spirit will come upon them. Jesus himself was baptised in the river Jordan by his cousin John the Baptist and being baptised means that you formally begin your Christian journey.
At the christening your child will receive a baptism certificate, a candle and a christening shawl. There is no charge for a christening but you are invited to make a donation. The Godparents will also receive a certificate and prayer card. Godparents must be baptised and be Christians (of any denomination) as their role is to love and care for the child and to help them grow-up as a Christian.
If you wish to have your child christened, whether they are newly born or at school, contact the parish office to fill in an initial enquiry form. Most christenings take place at 12.30pm on Sundays.
Once you have made contact our Children and Families Minister will contact you to arrange to meet at church. The meeting will be to explain what happens in the service and answer any questions you may have. Parents who are not baptised can also be baptised. During this visit you will be able to secure a date for the christening.