What parents say about Christenings
When do baptisms happen?
Baptism or “Christening” (meaning made Christ like) is a joyful occasion. Baptisms usually take place in one of the main services, but we have been known to be flexible if there is a good reason. We have, for example, combined baptism with a renewal of wedding vows and a 40th birthday celebration.
How much does it cost?
Unlike weddings and funerals there is absolutely no charge for baptisms or services of thanksgiving. God’s gift of faith and salvation is available to everyone who truly wants it, free and gratis regardless of whether or not we deserve it and so baptism (which is the first big step towards faith and salvation) is similarly without cost. So don’t put off baptising your child on financial grounds! It isn’t like saving up for a wedding. The Church wants people to come to faith!
A word about Godparents
If you are remotely serious about the real meaning of baptism and its importance for the soul of your child then think really hard when choosing your Godparents. Best friends or relations with absolutely no Christian understanding are not going to help your child grow in faith or pray for him or her throughout their lives. All should be baptised themselves and it pays to make sure that there is at least one Godparent who has been confirmed who is active in the faith. Otherwise you are not giving your child a sporting chance of a relationship with God. Godparents are there to help with spiritual side of your child’s life as well as give presents and be a general friend and support.
As part of the Church of England and bound by laws of parliament, Teme Valley South Churches are required to provide baptism to anyone who asks for it. This means that you will be welcomed even if you clearly do not believe in God, eternal life after death and all that baptism stands for. However we raise the issue so that you can make an informed decision with integrity. God is quite capable of working in any life regardless of what the church thinks – and actually regardless of the unbelief of the family.
Baptism for older children and adults
Increasingly we are seeing people who were not baptised as babies coming forward to make their own choice for baptism. This is a real joy and the whole church delights in someone opting for faith in this way.
Baptism can only be done once and cannot be undone. If you want to commit to a life of faith but were baptised as a small child before you were able to make the decision yourself please get in touch. Confirmation renews your baptism vows and allows you to make a public declaration for Christ. We would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to know more.