Baptism & Christenings
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.
What if one or both parents aren’t christened?
You can have your child baptized at a christening regardless of whether or not you, the parents, are baptized. It is only the godparents who are required to be baptized, (so the only time a parent would have to be baptized is if they were also acting as a godparent).
What is the role of a godparent?
Godparents are some of the most important people at a christening. Their main roles are:-
o To be there for the child to talk to about the bigger questions of life.
o Praying for the child through the ups and downs of their faith journey
o Showing them how to make good choices in life, for themselves and for others
o Helping them to learn more about the Christian faith, through their church and in other ways.
How much does a christening service cost?
The good news is that a christening service is free. There may be costs for your family party afterwards, for gifts, or for christening robes, but the church service is free.