These are some of the questions parents ask us about christenings. Get in touch with us if you’d like to know more.
Q. What is a christening?
A. A christening (or baptism) is a service in church which marks the start of our special journey with God. During the service, your child will be baptised with water. It’s a symbol of new life and new beginnings, and a recognition that God is present in a special way.
Q. What happens during a christening?
A. The service is led by the vicar and includes readings and prayers. Parents and godparents are asked to make some promises on behalf of the child being christened. The moment of christening is when the vicar pours water on the child’s forehead three times. The service ends with a special blessing and the giving of a christening candle.
Q. Can I have my child christened at your church?
A. The short answer is yes! We would be delighted to welcome your family and friends to the church for your child’s christening.
Q. Do I have to be christened myself?
A. Parents don’t have to be christened, but when you choose your godparents, they should have been christened themselves.
Q. How many godparents should I have?
A. You can choose as many godparents as you like. Each child should have at least three and one of them should be the opposite sex to the child.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. There’s no charge for a christening – it’s a gift! If you’d like to make a donation to the church on the day, that would be lovely, but there is no cost for the service.
Q. Do I have to say anything during the service?
A. Lots of people are nervous about standing up in church in front of everyone – the good news is that you won’t be alone! We invite the parents and godparents to gather around the font, and there are some small parts of the service which you say all together. But no, you won’t have to say anything on your own.