Christenings, Baptisms & Thanksgivings.

When a child is born, it is a time of great joy and celebration. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. You want the very best for them, so does God. You want them to make the right choices in life for themselves and others.

Whether you’re exploring the possibility of a christening or have already decided we would be delighted to hear from you.

Here at St Andrews with Holy Cross we want to support you to make the choices that are right for your child and family, to celebrate and mark the start of their faith journey and relationship with God, or to simply give thanks to God for the gift of your child.

Christening (Baptism)

A Christening is the first step of an amazing journey with God, parents, godparents, friends, family, and the church. A lifetime of discovering about love, faith and hope begins – a wonderful moment to celebrate.

At a christening your child will be baptised with water. This is the heart of your child’s christening.

Christening is a declaration of faith, made on behalf of the child and there are several special moments in the service.

The Vicar will pray for your child and all who will support them in their path of faith.

Parents and godparents will make some important promises for your child in the service.

A special oil will be used to make the sign of the cross on your child’s forehead. It’s a significant moment, which marks your child as belonging to God.

Water, which is blessed in the church’s font, will be poured over your child’s head by the vicar. This is your child’s baptism.

Everyone promises to continue supporting your child in their faith journey from this moment.

A candle will be given to you in the service when the vicar says: “Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God”

The role of godparents.

In the service, the godparents make promises to share the amazing journey of the Christian faith, to pray for your child and to show them ways to grow in love and faith.

Because of the very special role they have in supporting your child’s faith journey, godparents should be christened themselves. It is usual to choose at least 3 godparents, although this can be flexible, parents can also be godparents.

Thanksgiving Services

As well as a christening, there is a special, simple service of thanksgiving, which is a lovely time when you can be with friends and family, ask for God’s blessing and pray for your child. It is different to a christening, the words that are said by the parents and godparents (sponsors) do not feel ready to make the public promises that a baptism in a christening service involves. For some who may be new to church or not familiar with prayer, this can feel a more comfortable and natural choice. It is important that when choosing the type of service you would like, you decide what is right at this time for your family.

What next?

If you are exploring the idea of a christening or service of thanksgiving, we would love to hear from you, so please contact us for an informal chat

Phone 01268 289771 (answerphone)

Email [email protected]

To fully welcome your child into the family of God, Christenings services can be part of the regular Sunday morning service on most weeks of the year, with all family and friends welcome.

Other Christening and services of thanksgiving are held in the afternoon on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

Adult and Young person baptism & confirmation

Whenever it happens, either as a baby, child, young person or adult, baptism is the beginning of an exciting journey of faith, as a follower of Jesus Christ. You are never too old to take this step.

You may have been baptised in a christening service as a baby or child or been brought up in a different tradition and now feel ready to make a public declaration of faith for yourself. Whatever the circumstances, there is a way to mark the occasion and celebrate and we are here to support and guide you on this next step of your faith journey.

Contact us to find out more:

Phone 01268 289771 (answerphone) Email [email protected]