A Christening is a special Service to welcome a new person, baby or adult into the church family. The Christening Service includes the ‘Baptism’, where water from the font is used as a sign of God’s covenantal promise, and to express a new commitment – a fresh start that acknowledges where we are on our journey of faithdrops-of-water-578897_1280 in Jesus Christ. It might be the very beginning of that journey for you or your children, or you may feel you have been on it a while! Either way, Baptism expresses a desire and commitment to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ.

At a Christening for babies and children, it is the Parents and Godparents who speak on behalf of the children being baptised, and St Mary’s church family support you in this.

Read loads more information on Church of England Christenings.

Christening services at St Mary’s usually take place either during our first Sunday of the month 10am Service, or in a special Service on a Sunday afternoon. Our special Font is nearly 1000 years old!

Please contact Karen in the Parish Office to get things rolling.  If you have particular dates in mind please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate.

Please also let us know your address when you contact us. If you aren’t sure which Church of England Parish you live in, click here to visit the website ‘A Church Near You’.

Some families prefer a thanksgiving service to mark a new addition to the family – that’s great, we love them too!