Christenings

Your child is precious to you and precious to God. During a christening your child will be baptized with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family. We are delighted to be able to share in that journey with your family.

At the moment, we are able to hold christening services and we can be flexible with dates, so please do contact Meghann, our christening co-ordinator, to discuss options. Guest numbers are limited to 30 and face coverings must be worn.

In normal times, we regularly hold christening services at St Mary’s Kidlington at 2pm on the first Sunday in each month.We can also arrange for a christening to take place as part of a regular Sunday service in any of our three churches. We would also be very happy to offer a thanksgiving for the birth of a child as an alternative to a christening.

You will be invited to a christening preparation morning in advance of the service to talk through the service and explore what having your child christened means to you. We will also talk about how we can share in your child’s journey of faith into the future. In the meantime, there is lots of information about christenings on the Church of England website. We are very happy to discuss anything with you, to answer questions and help and support you as you plan this exciting day. 

Finally, christenings are not just for children and we are always delighted to christen people of absolutely any age!

If you’d like to find out more or would like to book a christening, please contact Meghann, our Christening Co-ordinator

Confirmation

Another very important step on the journey of Christian faith is confirmation. Confirmation is a special church service where you confirm the promises that were made when you were baptized. If you were baptized at a christening when you were a child, your parents and godparents made these promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may be ready to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to following Jesus Christ. At a confirmation service, you make these promises for yourself. Your friends and family as well as the local Christian community will be there to promise to support and pray for you. 

The local bishop will lay their hands on your head and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment to live God’s way for the rest of your life.

If you would like to find out more about confirmation or any aspect of the Christian faith, please contact one of the ministry team.