Baptism, Christening and confirmation


baptism-and-confirmationIn baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Anglican Church, it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening. Baptism by full immersion in water is commonly used for adult baptism.

Baptism is a ‘sacrament’ (holy ritual symbolising grace) in the Christian tradition that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the river Jordan.

Christening & Thanksgiving

Children are a gift from God. Naturally, many parents want to celebrate the new arrival with family and friends, and to have an occasion to share their joy with others.

You may well feel you want to come to church to say “thank you” to God for the miracle of this precious new life, and to ask God’s blessing as your child grows up. There are several ways to do this in church.


Christening is a traditional English word which means “…to become a member of the Christian church”. During a christening service a baby or child will be baptised* with water and welcomed into the community of the local church.

*There is no difference between a christening service and a baptism service. Some churches use the word ‘baptism’ and some the word ‘christening’. Babies are baptised during a christening service just as couples are ‘married’ during a ‘wedding’ service.


In recognition that not everyone bringing babies and young children for christening claims a fully committed Christian faith and may not wish to become worshipping members of the church, we encourage parents to consider the alternative of a service of Thanksgiving.

This service allows the birth of the child to be celebrated and a child to be ‘named’ in a worship setting, with God’s blessing being sought for parents and child as the family seek to grow together in faith and love. The child is free to be baptised at a later date either when they are old enough to make a faith commitment for themselves, or when the parents acknowledge a more clearly defined faith for themselves.


Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your intention to live a life of committed discipleship.

This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming Bishop. The church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.

How do I find out more?

For more information on getting your child baptised, if you’re thinking about renewing your baptismal vows or wish to discuss confirmation, please contact us and we can help.