Christenings (Baptisms)

Christenings

At a Christening, also known as a Baptism, we welcome a new person into the family of the Church. Many are baptised as a baby, but you can be baptised at any age! Baptism marks the beginning of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.

There is a list of commonly asked questions below, for any more information or if you have any more questions, then please get in touch and we will do our best to answer them. Further information on Christenings in the Church of England can be found here:

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Your Questions Answered

Can I have my child baptised at St. Michaels?

You are more than welcome to have your child baptised at St Michael’s if you live in the parish or are a member of our worshipping community. If you’re not sure whether you live in the parish, a parish map can be found here. If you’d like to have your child baptised at St Michael’s, but are unsure about whether the above applies to you, then please get in touch with the Parish Office (or use the form below) and we can explore a way forward.

To book a baptism, or christening, at St Michael’s please contact the Parish Office (01279) 654416 or use the form below.  The Parish Office is open Mon-Fri between 9:00am and 12:00. Katharine, our Parish Administrator will then arrange a meeting between yourself and a member of our clergy. These appointments usually takes place on a Saturday morning between 10am and 11:15am.

How much does it cost?

A Baptism service is absolutely free! However, if you wish to have a full baptism certificate, there is a cost of £13 for this.

What Happens at the service?

At a Baptism service, the candidate if they are old enough or parents and Godparents on their behalf if not, make important promises about what they believe. The priest makes a sign of the cross on the candidates forehead and they are then baptised in the font with a little water, “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Shortly before a baptism, the priest who is taking the service will meet with you to explain what will happen on the day, but before then, you can take a step-by-step look at a Christening service by clicking here:

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What about Godparents?

If you are having your child baptised in the Church of England you will need to choose Godparents for them. Godparents need to have been baptised themselves as they make important promises on behalf of your child to help and support them in their journey of faith. You will need to choose at least two Godparents, and no more than four. At least one Godparent needs to be of the opposite gender to the child being baptised.

Light a Candle

If you know someone who is soon to be Christened, and would like to pray for them, then please do so! You can light a virtual candle, as a symbol of that prayer, here:

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Use the form below if you would like any more information about Christening/Baptism:

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