‘Christening’ and ‘Baptism’ are just different words used for the same thing. Baptisms take place as part of a church service, as a public declaration that your child has become part of the church family. It is important that the church congregation is there to support you and welcome your child.
The procedure leading up to baptism involves parents or guardians approaching the Minister to ask about Baptism. The Minister will arrange to meet with them, either in their own home or at Church. They go through the Service together, looking particularly at the promises made by parents and godparents. Godparents promise to pray and support the child and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith. It is an important and responsible role.
Baptism can happen at any age. What matters is that those concerned believe it is right to ask for baptism. Teenagers and adults may also be baptised – speak to the minister about this. You can only be baptised once, but there are ways of renewing your commitment publicly as an adult – the minister will be able to advise. You do not have to be a regular churchgoer. The Church believes that God’s love is available to all, regardless of background. We can talk you through the options: you may prefer to have a Thanksgiving service first and then consider baptism when you have had time to talk through what is being asked of you.
You may also wish to find out more about the Christian faith and what joining the Church involves before you make a decision about baptism. Again, we can give you guidance.