Christenings at St Peter's and All Saints'
We are delighted that you are thinking about a christening. A person of any age may be christened (baptised).
This page is here to help you think about whether a christening service is the right one for you and your family.
We are working hard to include families in every aspect of church life. We know that coming to church with small children can be a bit daunting, but give it a go. We are friendly and have some services just for children. Whether you want a christening for yourself or your child, the next step is the same.
We would like to invite you to join fully in church life, worshipping with us on Sundays or joining one of the other activities throughout the month. Getting involved is essential because a christening is all about belonging. In a christening service, you make specific vows of belonging to God and the church community. These vows are intended to be a public announcement to family and friends that your life will be shaped by Jesus and involvement in the life of the church.
For example, parents and godparents who bring a child for christening declare that they will:
• follow God’s leadership in every aspect of their lives;
• participate in the life of the church for learning, support, and worship;
• model the values of Jesus for their children;
• teach their children to know Jesus through Bible stories and prayer.
Belonging is also expressed through a willingness to explore Christianity in more depth. This is why it is important that parents be actively learning more about Christianity. And to help you do this, you are asked to participate in two preparation sessions prior to your child’s christening. In a way, a christening service is like a contract – a commitment you make to God and the local church community. We want you to be fully aware of what that commitment means. We believe the best way for you to do this is to join us and discover for yourself the Good News of God’s love. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
The church also offers a service of thanksgiving. This service provides an opportunity for parents to give thanks for the birth of a child and to pray for family life. A thanksgiving service is a simple service, which some people choose in place of christening. Others have a thanksgiving service first so that they have time to fully explore the commitments made in a christening service. Let us know if you would like to know more about a thanksgiving service.
Need to know more?
We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions, please have a look round this website or come and have a chat after any of the Sunday services.
If you want to talk to someone about a Christening or Thanksgiving service, please contact the church office.