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A christening, or Baptism, is the first step of an amazing journey with God, parents, godparents, friends, family and the Church. A lifetime of discovering more about love, faith, and hope begins - a wonderful moment to celebrate.

Baptism or christening is the way we become Christians - there are other ways in which this can happen, but this is the formal way, given to us by Jesus. 

It is a sacrament, a physical sign (pouring on us of water), given us by Jesus, with the words by which God gives us His grace (His power): 

“I baptise you, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.

At the baptism of the young, parents and godparents promise that they will bring up the child as a Christian. Each child requires at least three godparents who must be baptised (not necessarily Church of England). Two must be of the same sex as the child, and the child’s parents can be godparents. 

Christenings at St George’s

If you would like your Christening to take place at St George’s, we invite you to our 10.30 Sunday service to say hello to Father Richard and/or one of the churchwardens and see what our worship is like. We have babies and very young children in our Church, and facilities for them, so please bring them along. If you can’t come to that service, please ring Fr Richard to discuss.

Normally Baptism takes place on a Sunday after the 10.30 am Mass (usually at 12.30) after which the baptised adult or child receives a certificate and has their name entered in our register. It is also possible for a Baptism to take place during the 10.30 service if that is preferred. To prepare for the baptism, we will arrange a first visit and then you will meet with the priest to finalise details and to go through the service. 

There are no fees charged for Christenings.

You can discover more about Church of England christenings here.