Baptism and Christening at St Peter's

Every year people of all ages are baptised at St Peter's. This page answers some frequently asked questions about Baptism and also provides links to information about how St Peter's welcomes children.

If you are considering baptism for yourself or your child or would just like more information please speak to one of the Ministry Team or contact the Parish Office.

If you are considering Confirmation for yourself or your child please go to the page on Confirmation in the section on Christian Life.


Church of England Website

The Church of England has launched a very user-friendly new web site for parents wanting more information on christening their children: 

‘First Steps On An Amazing Journey’, as the site is headed up, has sections including a parent’s guide, a godparent’s guide, welcoming guests and what happens after a christening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any difference between Baptism and Christening? -

No, the words mean exactly the same thing.

What does Baptism involve? -

God loves all his people and at baptism we acknowledge that fact by turning directly towards his love. In the service, three things happen. First, the new Christian receives the sign of the cross to show that he or she is now a member of the church. Second, he or she is splashed with water to show how God is willing to wash away everything that may go wrong in our lives if we turn back to him and commit ourselves to a fresh start. Third, he or she is given a lighted candle as commissioning to carry the example of Jesus out into the world. We believe that in Baptism new Christians receive God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen them in their future lives.

When do Baptisms take place at St Peter's? -

Baptisms generally take place at a special service at 12 noon on the fourth Sunday of each month family- but check with the Parish Office for availability.

What is my responsibility as a parent or godparent? -

At St Peter's we baptise children on the understanding that parents and godparents will try to follow the promises that they make in the baptism service, in particular that they will give their children a Christian upbringing within the family of the Church. Our prayer is always that when they are older children will make their own commitment to Christ and be confirmed as full members of the Church able to receive Holy Communion.

What if I as a parent feel uncomfortable making these promises? -

A member of the Ministry Team will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have. If you feel you are not ready to make these promises with integrity, you may wish to consider a Service of Thanksgiving, in which you can thank God for the gift of your child without making formal promises. Such a service does not stop either you or the child asking for Baptism at a later stage when you are ready.

What preparation is involved before the Baptism? -

When you make your booking we will give you information about the service and the promises to be made by parents and godparents. The member of our Ministry Team who be baptising your child will then visit you to talk about the service and the promises and to introduce you to the work that we do at St Peter’s to support children and their parents in their journey of faith. A few days before the Baptism we hold a rehearsal in church to make sure that everyone feels comfortable with what will happen.

Will my child be welcome at St Peter's? -

parents with baptised child Children are very welcome from the earliest age. Our carer and child group Gems meets in the Church Hall on Monday and Tuesday mornings, and on Friday mornings Young Vines provides for a short informal service, activities and refreshments at the back of church. Families are welcome at all our services and there is a Baby and Toddler Cornere available if you wish to make use of it for little ones. On the first Sunday of the month our 11:15 Special service is specifically designed to engage young families. On all other Sundays Sunday Club, Sunday Challenge, SPARKS and TAG provide activities for children over the age of four and for teenagers.

What will St Peter's do to support us as parents? -

We know that, for some parents, the Baptism of your child is the first contact you have had with the Church possibly for many years. We look forward to welcoming you into a friendly, open, relaxed church where you can learn more about faith and worship the God who loves you.