Baptisms and Christenings

A baptism is more than a naming ceremony. In a baptism, otherwise known as christening, we thank God for the gift of a child and ask God to bless them and their family as they start their life together. God will be with them every step of the way.

Baptisms or christenings are completely free, and at Holy Nativity we can include baby pictures, music and members of the family to make it as personal as possible.

The priest or deacon doing the baptism will meet with you in advance to introduce themselves and talk things through, and our congregation will pray for your family as you prepare for the baptism.

Baptisms usually take place on Sundays at 12 noon, after the morning services. There is more information for parents, godparents and families on the Church of England Christenings website.

But baptisms aren’t just for babies. If you are any age and think you haven’t been baptised but would like to be, contact us and we can talk things through. There is more information and videos on the CofE Adult Baptisms page.

To book a baptism or christening, please ring Jenny in the church office on 0191 267 0559.