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Christenings (Baptisms) and Blessings

Christening

Christening (sometimes referred to as Baptism), is the beginning of a membership of the Christian church. It is recognised by all Christian churches who believe in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Baptism is a representation of washing in the name of Jesus Christ. Christening is the same thing, and is a way of saying you are putting on Christ like a robe. 

When an infant who cannot speak for him/herself is baptised, the parents and godparents:

  • promise before God to bring up the child in the Christian faith as a member of the church;
  •  declare that they believe the Christian faith and are themselves followers of Jesus Christ;
  •  ask for God’s help and the church’s support to give this faith to their child.  

At least one of the parents and all the godparents should feel able to make these promises.

Godparents

These are the people who should help parents to bring up a child as a Christian.

The national church rules are:

  • Godparents must have been baptised and should be confirmed
  • There should be three, two of the same sex as the child
  • Parents may be godparents for their own children providing the child has at least one other godparent.

 

Bookings:

To book a Baptism with us, contact the church office on:

Telephone 01274 775885

Email office.staugustines@gmail.com

 

Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child

This is a service in which we give thanks to God for the child and pray for God’s blessing on him/her. Parents and godparents are not required to make promises or declarations about their faith.

 It is designed for:

  • parents who see this as a preliminary to Baptism;
  • parents who do not wish their children to be baptised immediately;
  • others, who do not ask for Baptism, but who recognise that something has happened for which they wish to give thanks to God.

Bookings:

To book a Thanksgiving Blessing with us, contact the church office on:

Telephone 01274 775885

Email office.staugustines@gmail.com