Let’s Celebrate Together!

Christenings or baptisms (they mean the same thing) are times of celebration for families.

A Time for a Celebration!

It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith, a time when we respond to God’s love for us. Baptisms for babies and children are similar except that as an adult you will make promises for yourself. When a baby or child is baptised, parents and godparents make those promises on their behalf.

Part of being baptised is about becoming part of a worshipping community. Parents and godparents promise to pray for the child, and to help them worship.

For this reason, christenings usually take place in our main morning services. To help you get ready for the christening, we ask that you come along to some services at St Edmund’s – either at 10am on Sundays, or to Little Church, our service for babies and toddlers, at 10.30am on Wednesdays.

St Edmund’s has a children’s area in church, and there are loos and changing facilities at the back. We always welcome children and babies, and love to hear them in our services:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here we answer some common questions:

Do parents have to be christened?

No, but sometimes thinking about a christening for your baby might make you want to explore faith for yourself.

Is there a charge for a christening?

No, it’s a free gift for you and your child.

Do I need to be a churchgoer?

Having your baby christened means promising to start a journey of faith with them. As part of this, we ask that you come along to church a few times before the christening, either on a Sunday or to Little Church on Wednesdays.

Who can be a godparent?

Godparents make important promises and declarations in a christening. They need to have been baptised themselves, and will need to be comfortable making those promises. More information is on the website below.

Where can I find out more?

If you would like to have your baby christened, you’ll need to get in touch with Revd Sarah Edmonds and we can then start to plan together. You might also like to look at the Church of England website for christenings.