Baptism, Christening and Early Years

Water used in baptism

In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. We are often baptised as babies, though anybody of any age can be baptised.

The baptism usually takes place during a christening service and this marks the beginning of a lifelong journey of faith. During the service promises are made by the person being  christened or if too young, the promises are made by the parents and godparents. The congregation also promises to support the child and family.

Baptism is a 'sacrament', symbolising grace. It can be traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the River Jordan.

Support for Baptisms

Church of England Christenings Supporting families whilst exploring Baptism; Before, During and After
What is a ChristeningExploring more about what a Christening means
Church Support Hub Supporting parishes with ideas to download and resources to purchase
Top 10 Facts about Christenings ​Most frequently asked questions

Preparation, the Service and Following-up

Enabling Families to Connect Some ideas to help make the service engaging and accessible
A Mission Opportunity ​Support for leaders
Baptism Visits A step-by-step guide from the start of a Baptism request into the future
Baptism Support Roles An outline of the roles of Baptism Co-ordinators, Visitors and Companions


​The Invaluable Nature of Godparents A pack to explore the importance of Godparents 
Godparent Card An example of a card that could be given to Godparents at the Christening 
Ideas for Godparents Some ideas for Godparents to be more involved in the spiritual nature of children

Early Years

Toddler Groups Matter A mission opportunity - Recommendations from research
Toddler Play Ideas
Starting a Toddler Group Some useful questions
Toddlers - A Midweek Group Some useful questions
Engaging Under 5s Through liturgy,through play
Going for Growth Toddler group top tips
Church and Under 5s

Prayer Ideas

Praying with Toddlers Ideas of prayer in a variety of places with young children
Prayer Ideas with Babies Some practical ideas how and when you and your baby can talk to God
Praying Together Card An easy to use card with sections from Prayer ideas with babies


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