Enquiries All enquiries to the Rector, Rev’d Karen Stanton on 01384 872 556
1. What is the difference between a Baptism and a Christening?
There is no difference between a Christening service and a Baptism service. Some churches will use the word ‘baptism’ and some the word ‘christening’. Babies are Baptized during a christening service just as couples are ‘married’ during a ‘wedding’ service.
2. Can anyone have a Christening service?
The Church of England welcomes all babies, children and families for Christenings – whatever shape that family takes. You do not have to be married to ask for a Christening for your child. You do not have to have been a regular churchgoer – as parents, you do not even have to have been Christened yourselves. Everyone is welcome at their local church..
3. What about godparents?
Godparents are not the people who will care for your child should anything happen to you. Arrangements for this would normally be made by a Will. Rather, they should be people who will be there for your child and help them think about the bigger questions in life – questions of love, hope and faith.
Every child should have at least three godparents, two of the same sex and at least one of the opposite sex. Godparents must be baptized themselves and old enough to make some serious promises on behalf of the child.
4. How much does a Christening service cost?
The good news is that a Christening service is free
5. Where can we hold the Christening?
You can have your baby Christened at your local parish church. If you want to have the christening at a different church, for example, where you grew up or where you were married, you will need to talk to the vicar at that church If you visit the Wedding page of this site you will see the qualifying requirements if you live outside the parish.
6. Can we arrange a Christening at a separate time to the Sunday service?
We usually have our Baptism services at 11.30am after the main service on a Sunday.
7. How do I arrange a Christening?
Simply contact Karen, The Rector: 01384 872556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
8. How old should my child be?
You can have your baby or child Christened at any age. There is no upper age limit, but after about the age of seven your child may be able to make the promises for themselves.
9. What happens in the service?
At your baby’s Christening, water will be blessed and poured on the baby’s head – this is the baptism of your baby (the word ‘baptism’ means ‘to be immersed in water’). The baby will be signed with the cross and a special oil may be used for this. A candle or other gift from the church may be given. Godparents and parents will make promises on behalf of the baby, and prayers will be offered for the baby and the family.
10. What exactly is Baptism?
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. This first step is a response to God’s love. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that your child is loved by God, is part of a wider community and has a place with God’s people.
Contact the Rector, Rev’d Karen to arrange a meeting:
01384 872 556 or email@example.com