What is Christening?
Baptism, or Christening as it is often called, marks the beginning of the Christian journey – a journey which continues for the rest of life. It’s a first step in response to God’s love.
The roots of the service are ancient – Christians have been baptising since Christ’s time! The service is rich in symbolism. Water is poured on the head, the sign of the Cross is made and we light a candle. The wider community of the family and friends and the local church welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future. It’s here that a child is given their Christian names and begins their Christian life.
When can my child be Christened?
Baptisms of infants and children normally take place during one of the Sunday services or on a Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm. The afternoon services are short – about 20 minutes long – and not very formal. You’ll need two or more Godparents or Sponsors and if possible, someone to read a short bible passage. There are no hymns.
Can I be baptised?
Yes! We also offer baptism to adults.
Does it make a difference where I live?
Yes. At All Saints’ we only baptise those who live in the parish or who have a strong link with the church. We simply haven’t got the capacity to offer to Christen everyone! If you live outside the benefice of Aston Clinton with Buckland and Drayton Beauchamp, you should contact your local church.
What does it cost?
There is no charge for Christening, but a donation to All Saints’ Church at the end of the service is really welcome!
If you’d like your child Christened, or you’d like to ask for baptism for yourself, please contact:
Rev’d Elizabeth Moxley