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Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God's love." It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that your child is loved by God, is part of a wider community, and has a place with God's people.
We welcome all babies, children and families - whatever shape that family takes. You do not have to be married to ask for a christening for your child. You do not have to be an active churchgoer - as parents, you do not even have to have been christened yourselves.
The christening service, during which the baptism takes place, is replete with symbols for new life. Water will be blessed and used to pour on the child's head. The child will be signed with the cross with a special oil and a candle is given.
Godparents and parents will make promises on behalf of the child, and prayers will be offered for the child and the family.