Is a ‘baptism’ different to a ‘christening’?

There is no difference between a ‘baptism’ and a ‘christening’. Visit this page to find out why you might have heard both these words used.

There is no difference between a christening service and a baptism service.

Some churches will use the word ‘baptism’ and some the word ‘christening’. The moment when your child has water poured or wiped on their head is the actual baptism and is at the heart of the service.

Babies are baptized during a christening service just as couples are ‘married’ during a ‘wedding’ service.



Further information

  • How much does a christening service cost?

    There is no charge for a christening service but there may be a few other things you’ll want to budget for…

  • Contacting the church

    One of the first things you will need to do is be in touch with your local church. Whether you speak to an administrator, a friendly parent like you from the church, or the vicar, they will be glad to hear from you. Find out more about what you can expect when you make that call.