Christenings at Christ Church
Jesus said, ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’ John 10:10
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. It marks us as a Christian, a disciple of Jesus and is the first step we take in response to God’s love.
'Christening' is the traditional term used for the baptism of infants but individuals can be baptised at any age. For example, our Vicar (Revd Dave Thomson) was baptised as an adult.
Adults (and those children mature enough) are baptised when they are ready to make a firm commitment to follow Jesus. For this reason it is sometimes called a 'believers baptism'.
During the service candidates give their consent to being baptised, promise to turn away from all that is wrong in the world and in their lives, and give voice to their decision to follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
Infants and younger children are baptised at request of their parents or guardians. The same promises are made, but this time by parents and godparents on the child's behalf.
There is an expectation that the child will be nurtured in the Christian faith and, when older, will come to own these promises for themself. For this reason parents and godparents promise before God to pray for the child, draw them by personal example into the community of faith and help them to take their place within the life and worship of the Church. For parents, this includes attending Church regularly with their child. These are serious promises and should never be made lightly.
As an alternative to a Christening, we offer a 'Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing' for those parents who do not wish to make declarations about their own Christian faith and/or are unwilling to promise to attend Church regularly.
Further information about Christenings can be found by following this link:
Christenings at Christ Church normally take place at 12 noon following the main Sunday service, but avoiding the second Sunday and last Sunday of each month and other busy times.
To book a christening, phone Revd Dave Thomson on 01204 398567.
We are a popular venue for christenings and are normally booked up months in advance. It is therefore inadvisable to book a party venue or make any other arrangements before agreeing the date with us.
Who can be christened at Christ Church? We are an open Church, welcoming all who come to us regardless of their background or family situation.
Of course, where a child's parents are unmarried, we are more than happy to discuss arranging a wedding too!
In the Church of England each locality has its own parish church, which has responsibly for serving the spiritual needs of the people within its area. This includes christenings.
Our parish covers Ainsworth and much of Bradley Fold and we would always encourage families living outside our parish to go to their local parish church. Nonetheless, we recognise that there are some very good reasons why parents might prefer their child to be christened at Christ Church even though they live outside our immediate area. For example, they may have been married here, be living elsewhere temporarily (e.g. at university or serving in the Armed Forces), or have strong family connections with our Church or the locality.
We have always done our best to accommodate such families at Christ Church, although please understand this is at the discretion of the Vicar and the parish priest where the family lives.
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