All Christenings have been suspended until further notice because  of Covid-19 - we are not taking any further bookings at this time.

A Christening also known as a Baptism is available to all ages, children and adults.  We are all precious in the eyes of God and in a Christening we commit ourselves to God and His Church.  For children parents and godparents make those promises on behalf of the child, an adult will make those promises for themselves. 

So it’s a commitment to start as you mean to go on.  A christening is a celebration and a gift from God. Like most gifts you also receive a set of instructions on how to get the best from your gift.  With this in mind we have created a Christening Preparation Guide which, hopefully will answer any questions you may have.  There is also a Christening Request Form for you to download and complete.  Once you have completed the Christening Request Form you will need to bring this to one of our planned Services.  For St James the Great Chapelthorpe you are asked to attend either our Sunday Eucharist at 11am or our Wednesday Eucharist at 10am.  For St Peter's Woolley (which includes the Church at West Bretton)  you are asked to attend the Sunday Eucharist at 9.30am or our Thursday Eucharist at 10am.  At the end of the service please ask to speak to a member of the clergy.  On receipt of the form a date will be agreed for you to attend one of our Christening Preparation Groups, which are held on the third Wednesday of most months.  Through attending the group you will have an understanding of the commitment you are making as well as been shown the practical parts of the service.  After attending the Christening Preparation a date will then be agreed for the Christening of your child.    

It is advisable that you do not book a venue for your reception until after you have attended our Christening Preparation Group and have been given a date for the christening.  On some occasions you may find that there is also another christening family in the service with you.

Following our Safeguarding assessment we respectfully ask that photographs are not taken at any point in the service, as there maybe an instance when a child or adult cannot have their photograph taken as they are deemed to be vulnerable.  We do however, encourage family and friends at the end of the service to gather round the font and take more photographs of this happy life changing event.

We look forward to meeting you, your family and your guests.  


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