We’re delighted that you’d like your child christened at St Mark’s Church. A Christening is the first step of an amazing journey with God, parents, godparents, friends, family and the church.
Frequently Asked Questions
Shouldn’t our children make their own decisions?
One day they will. But in the meantime you probably make decisions for your child every day. When they are fourteen, they will be able to declare their faith for themselves at a Confirmation Service.
What is the right age for baptism?
Christenings are not just for children. Teenagers and adults may also be christened. What matters is that you believe it is the right thing to do. You can only be christened once, but there are ways of renewing your commitment publicly as an adult.
What does it cost?
The Christening Service is our gift to you. There is no charge.
What about Godparents?
Godparents make the same promises as parents to help raise your child in the Christian faith as part of the Church family.
It is an important and responsible role. You can choose three Godparents, who have themselves been christened. They can be family members or friends, but choose people who will take an interest in your child’s spiritual welfare and pray for you and your child.
What is the first step?
Contact our Family & Youth Worker, Celia Hare, on 07707 999644, or e-mail email@example.com. It is normal practice to have your child christened in your own parish church. This makes it easier for you to come along to church services and to get involved in church life.
When you have returned your completed baptism application form, you’ll be invited to attend two Baptism Preparation sessions. At the first session we will view a DVD on what baptism means, answer any of your questions and give you information on how the church can support you and your family. The second session will take you through the content of the service and give you the opportunity meet the Vicar.
All you need to know about planning and going to a Church of England christening can be found on: churchofenglandchristenings.org.