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A Baptism also known as a Christening is when you will make the promises for your child as you commitment them to be a Christian and follow the teachings of Jesus.
Your child is precious to you and precious to God. You want the very best for them, and so does God. You want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others.
Over the years to come, it’s a journey you’ll share together with your child by:
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 Booklet (click here) which, hopefully will answer any questions you may have. There is also a Christening Request Form (click here) 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, either on Sunday at 11.00am or Wednesday at 7.00pm. Please hand the completed form to The Reverend Kevin Greaves (Vicar) or The Reverend Kathryn Godlsmith (Curate). 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.
Christenings in the parish are on the first Sunday of every month at 11.00 am in the Eucharist (Mass). It is advisable that you do not book a venue for your reception until after been given a date for the christening as this date may have already been taken by another family. On some occasions you may find that there is also another christening family in the service with you.
We respectfully ask that photographs are not taken at any point in the service, as there maybe an instance when a child cannot have their photograph taken and/or there maybe a vulnerable adult in the congregation who again cannot have their photograph taken. We do however, encourage family and friends at the end of the service to gather round the font and take more formal photographs of this happy life changing event.
We are really pleased that you are wanting to have your child christened at our church and we look forward to meeting you, your family and your guests.