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What is a christening?

During a christening your child will be baptised with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.

Contacting the church

One of the first things you will need to do is be in touch with your local church. Whether you speak to an administrator, a friendly parent from the church, or the vicar, they will be glad to hear from you.

Whether you’re exploring the possibility of a christening or whether you’ve already decided, the vicar will be delighted to hear from you to talk about it.

You can always have your child christened in your local church, and it’s good to make a connection locally so your child’s church family is close by. When you call the church, you may be able to book a date straightaway or someone may call back. You’ll meet the vicar with your child to talk through the service and to help answer any questions you may have.

Or, if you have a strong family link to a different church, you can ask the vicar there about having a christening.

Choosing godparents

Choosing the right people as godparents for your child is a big decision. Here are some key things which might help you decide: