Start an amazing journey….

What is a Christening?
During their Christening, your child will be baptised with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family. Baptism is a visible sign of God’s love. At a Christening, we are thanking God for the gift of life and preparing a child for their life ahead.

How does it work?
Christenings normally happen either in the main morning service or at a time shortly afterwards. Once we have a date booked you will be invited to come to church on 3 Sundays leading up to that date, to join us in worship, to meet people and where we can pray for you as a family by name.
We will arrange some time to meet with you and your Godparents to tell you a little about what will happen in the service, to explain the promises that you, your Godparents and the church will make for your child.
Following the Christening itself, you will be  invited to attend one of our family friendly services where the whole church family will have the chance to welcome your little one and you’ll receive your Christening candle.

How much will it cost?
There are no charges for Christening – God’s love is free. However, many families like to make a donation to the church at this special time and often ask for a suggestion as to how much to give. You might like to consider giving a similar amount to the Church as you will spend on the party, to reflect the joy of the occasion.

Who can be Christened here?
Anyone! If you live in Mill End, Heronsgate, West Hyde or maple Cross or have strong connections to the Church here, we would be delighted to have a Christening service for you. As parents, you don’t have to be Christened yourself to bring your child for Christening.  And you don’t have to be a baby – Baptism (as it's formally called!) is for anyone of any age who wants to begin or take another step on their faith journey.

How can I find out more?
Use the 'Contact Us' tab 

​Further information about Christenings and the service itself may be found by clicking on the following website link
Church of England Christenings

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