Baptisms (Christenings)

The first thing people often ask is 'What is the difference between a Christening and a Baptism?'. Essentially they are both the same thing. In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support.

Baptism is also expressing a wish to join the Christian family and continue the journey of faith with the help of the local church. An alternative is "A Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child", a celebration of the miracle of birth but which does not involve the vows and promises of the Baptism service.

For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from the darkness of self-centredness, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family. We count it a privilege to be invited by people to share in important times of celebration in their lives, and baptism is one such celebration.

In the first instance, please contact the Rector via the Benefice Office (  who will gladly answer any questions you may have. We will then arrange a date and time for the baptism (usually held during the All-Age Service on the 1st Sunday of the month). 

The Church of England have also designed a website aimed at parents, godparents and guests, guiding them through the various stages of a Church of England christening.