Arranging a Baptism (Christening)

Jesus said “Let the children come to me; do not try to stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”    (Matthew 19:14)


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If you’re thinking about a service in Church for your baby or child,

you have a choice:

either a BAPTISM…

Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.

For your child, being baptized at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.

The Church of England website gives plenty of useful information about baptism.


Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During the Thanksgiving service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for family life. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.

A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.

You can arrange a date through the Parish Office:

Telephone: 01425 489898

The Parish Office is open 9:00am to 1:00pm on Monday and 9:00am to 12:00noon on Wednesday and Friday.