Having Your Child Christened in Church
a parent is one of the greatest blessings on earth and we know how special
your child is to you. We also know how precious your child is to God and
we would love to help you celebrate that.
If you're a parent and would like to have your child Christened (Baptised
as it is also known) in one of our churches, we would be delighted to
help. Christening is a wonderful way of blessing your child and setting
it upon the right path in life at the beginning of his/her journey.
What should you do first?
Contact our Vicar, Stewart Fyfe on 01931 714620 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you need to know?
Venue and time
Because part of the significance of Christening is joining the church,
we normally conduct Christenings in our regular Sunday Services so that
the whole congregation is there to welcome your child, pray for you
and share your joy. We usually try to do this during one of our Family-friendly
Do you need to be baptised yourself?
No. Godparents need to be baptised (see below), but parents do not,
although you are welcome to be (see 'Adult Baptism' below) and we will
gladly talk to you about that if you wish. You do, however, need to
make certain promises about bringing up your child as a Christian and
we will talk to you about those.
Being a Godparent is a wonderful thing to do. It is customary for a
child to have at least three godparents - two of the same gender as
the child and one of the opposite gender - but you can have more than
three godparents. It is a requirement of church law that all Godparents
must be baptised (Christened) themselves. It might seem strange that
Godparents have to be baptised, while parents do not. However, that
is because the particular role of a Godparent is to 'parent' the child's
walk with God. If your chosen Godparents haven't been baptised, we are
happy to baptise them so that they can act as Godparent (see 'Adult
Baptism' below). Baptising adults like this is more common than you
might think and can be seen as a sign of commitment to their role for
your child. Guidance for you on choosing Godparents and guidance for
your chosen Godparents can be found on the Church of England's Christenings
website - see below.
It is increasingly common for adults and older children to be baptised.
The process is not very different from that applying to infants. Please
speak to us if you are interested in being baptised yourself.
We are also able offer:
Some parents prefer to have a Thanksgiving Service in preference to
a Christening. We are more than happy to speak to you about this if
you would like.
Find out more
The Church of England's Christenings website is full of useful information
and good ideas.
Visit it at: https://churchofenglandchristenings.org