Baptisms for babies and children usually take place during a church service called a Christening. At this time, parents give thanks to God for the miracle of life and make the decision to start their child on a journey of faith, along with the Godparents who are there to help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child into the Christian faith and to pray for the family. Baptising your child marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith within the Christian community.


If you are sure that you wish to have your child baptised, Christening services can be organised for any Sunday at St John the Baptist Church. There is no charge for a Christening and adult baptisms can also performed if required. To read more about baptism,


Godparents are an integral part of your child's baptism and you will no doubt put a lot of thought, time and effort into choosing the best people for the job. Please remember that to be a Godparent, you must be over 16 years old, you must have been baptised, and preferably also confirmed. If you have recently been chosen to be a Godparent, you might find some useful information


If you are not sure that the commitment of Baptism is the right choice for your child, but still wish to celebrate the gift of life with your family and friends, we can offer a Thanksgiving Service. This is not a Baptism and requires no commitment to the Christian faith but gives thanks for a birth (or adoption) with prayers, blessings and promises from family and friends that they will support you as a parent.


If you would like to organise a Baptism or Thanksgiving Service for your child, or if you would like further information, please contact Jane Sivers on 01406 331 330 or email


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