The Church of England welcomes all babies, children and families – whatever shape that family takes. You do not have to be married to ask for a christening for your child. You do not have to be an active churchgoer – as parents, you do not even have to have been christened yourselves.
Everyone is welcome at their local church.
Here are some questions that are often asked
How much does a christening service cost?
The good news is that a christening service is free. There may be costs for a family party, for gifts, for christening robes – but the church is free.
Where can I hold the christening?
You can have your baby christened at your local parish church. If you want to have the christening at a different church, for example, where you grew up or where you were married, you will need to talk to the vicar at that church.
When can I have a christening?
You can have your baby or child christened at any age. There is no upper age limit, but after about the age of seven your child should be able to make the promises for themselves.
The service can be held as part of a main Sunday service, but at St Cross and St Mary’s, they often have the service at a different time, again usually on a Sunday. Talk to the vicar.
What about godparents?
The involvement of godparents can be one of the most joyful parts of the christening.
Godparents are not necessarily the people who will care for your child should anything happen to you. Rather they should be people who will be there for your child and help them think about the bigger questions in life – questions of love, hope and faith.
Godparents must be baptised themselves and old enough to make some serious promises on behalf of the child.
How do I arrange a christening?
Simply contact the vicar of the church where you want to hold the christening and ask for advice. Come along to a morning service and have a chat with Andy.