Baptism

Christ Church welcomes all families who live in the parish to have their children baptised. If you live in the parish you have a legal right to have your child baptised as long as at least one parent and your chosen godparents are baptised.

We hold baptism services regularly. We cannot promise a particular date, but we will do our best especially if you give us plenty of notice.

In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Church of England it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening.

Baptism is a ‘sacrament’ (holy ritual to symbolise grace) in the Christian tradition that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the river Jordan. During a child’s baptism service the parents and godparents thank God for his gift of the child, make a decision to start the child on the journey of faith and ask for the Church’s support.

christening 5Choosing godparents does not have to be difficult. Choose someone that will be a good example to your child, who will encourage them in their spiritual life and help them start their journey to know God.

For more information about getting your child baptised at Christ Church please contact Rev. Keith Hitchman. Alternatively, any of the leaders would be delighted to chat to you after the Sunday morning service.

The Church of England also believes in baptism at any age. It is never too late to turn to God. This is again, thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love and presence in your life. You can only be baptised once, but there are other ways of renewing your Christian commitment publicly as an adult.

Discover all you need to know about choosing, planning and going to a Church of England christening here.

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