Christenings, Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals

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.
 

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.
 

Can anyone have a christening service?

Yes, so long as they have not been baptized already. The Church of England welcomes all babies, children and families for christenings – whatever shape that family takes. You do not have to be married or have been a regular churchgoer – as  a parent, you do not even have to have been baptized yourself – though you could be.  Everyone is welcome at their local church. Just ask your local vicar if this is something you are considering for your child.