In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Anglican church it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening. Baptism is a ‘sacrament’, an outward sign of God touching our lives. In the Christian tradition, that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptized in the river Jordan.
Everyone is welcome to have their children christened in their parish church. During the christening service your child will be baptized and with the support of the church, you and godparents, your child begins an amazing journey of faith.
All you need to know about planning and going to a Church of England christening can be found by clicking this link. Click here if you are not sure about baptism, but would like more information about saying thank you to God for the birth of your child.
You will be most welcome to speak to your parish priest if you are considering baptism or would like to arrange a christening for your child; or if you would like to discuss a service of thanksgiving for the birth or adoption of your child.
No charge is made for a baptism or christening service, although there is a small fee levied if a formal certificate is required. No charge is made for the informal certificates which are given to the parents and godparents during the service.