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Having your child Christened

 

Your child is precious to you and precious to God.

You want the very best for them, and so does God.

You want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others.

A christening is just the beginning of this and so much more.

Over the years to come, it’s a journey you’ll share together with your child by –

  • Being there for your child to talk to about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love.
  • Showing them practically how to make those good choices in life.
  • Helping them to learn more about the Christian faith, through their church and in other ways.

Is ‘christening’ the same as ‘baptism’?

Yes – the two words refer to the same ceremony which involves anointing with oil, and pouring water on the candidate’s head three times, in the name of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Some churches will use the word ‘baptism’ and some the word ‘christening’. The moment when your child has water poured on his or her head is the actual baptism and is at the heart of the service.

Babies are baptised during a christening service just as couples are ‘married’ during a ‘wedding’ service.

Do we have to attend the parish church for our child to be christened there?
The family must reside in the parish or be on the Electoral Roll and attend the church at least occasionally. If they do not live in the parish but have a valid reason why they want their child baptised here and the Vicar is supportive, then we will require approval from their own parish priest in order for us to proceed.

Bringing your child for baptism is a great opportunity to explore your own faith.

As part of the preparation for baptism you will meet with one of the clergy and someone from our baptism team to discuss the content of the service and explore any questions you may have.

Do godparents need to be christened? How many can there be?
Godparents chosen for a candidate must be baptised themselves. They also need to be over sixteen years of age. It is usual to have three godparents: two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex, but to have one godfather and one godmother is sufficient; to have more than three is possible, but quality is better than quantity.

Can I receive adult christening/baptism?
Yes – many adults are baptised but is usual practice now for this to take place within the context of a service of Confirmation. Please speak to the Vicar about this.

What is a service of Thanksgiving?

This is a special service to celebrate and give thanks for the gift of a new child and to receive God’s blessing. It is without the commitments of christening/baptism and so is chosen by those who do not feel ready to make such promises.  The Vicar will be very happy to discuss this with you if you wish to find out more this service.

What are the charges?
There is no charge for a christening or thanksgiving.

When do christenings take place?

The service is usually on a Sunday at 11.30am and sometimes christenings take place within the 9.30 Sunday morning service.

To make a christening enquiry or simply to find out more…

Please contact the Parish Administrator, Mrs Margaret Ford, on 01635 41249

Email office@st-george-newbury.org.uk

Confirmation

Most people when they are baptised are too young to understand the promises made by their parents and godparents for them.

In confirmation young people and adults ‘confirm’, take for themselves, set a seal upon, the promises made earlier in baptism. We offer confirmation classes for both young people and adults to help them understand their faith and the choice they are taking to live as followers of Jesus Christ. Confirmations are always conducted by a Bishop.

If you would like more details about Confirmation please contact the vicar (Tel. 01635 524994).

 

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