A Parents' Guide To Christenings
During the christening your child will be baptized with water. It's the first step of a wonderful journey with God, parents, godparents, friends, family and the church. You don't have to have been christened yourself, and you don't have to have been a regular churchgoer. In Mid-Trent, baptisms take place during the Sunday Service, so that our whole church family can welcome your child into the church.
A christening is the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child, and a special day for all your friends and family. One of the first things you will need to do is be in touch with your church. Whether you speak to an administrator, a friendly parent like you from the church, or the vicar or curate, they will be glad to hear from you. We have an Office Hour every Tuesday between 7-00pm and 8-00pm in St. Andrews Church Room, Weston, where there will be someone to discuss baptism with you.
Godparents are really important and choosing them is a big decision. It is important that they also have been baptised. Whether you are still thinking, or have already asked some special friends, you will be able to find out what it means to be, or have, godparents at Office Hour.
Getting ready for your child's christening is exciting. But there's also a lot to think about and do. We will give you all the help and support we can to make sure it is a special and memorable day. Lighting a candle either at home, or in church, is a great way to pray for a child who has been, or will be, christened.
After the Christening, when the party's over, the balloons are down and the outfit is packed away, the incredible journey of faith continues. It's not just about special times, but about the ordinary times of wonder, love and joy - and the times when things go wrong. The candle given at the christening reminds us that a child shines as a light in the world - and also that God is always with us.