What is a christening?

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. Follow the links to find answers to your questions and to explore all that a christening means, not just on the day but long afterwards.

Priest pouring water into font


Your child is precious to you and precious to God. You want the very best for them, and so does God. You want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others.

A christening is just the beginning of this and so much more.

Over the years to come, it’s a journey you’ll share together with your child by:

  • Being there for your child to talk to about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love.
  • Praying for your child through the ups and downs of their faith journey.
  • Showing them practically how to make those good choices in life.
  • Helping them to learn more about their Christian faith, through their church and in other ways.

So it’s a commitment to start as you mean to go on.

Further information

  • The service step by step

    Discover exactly what will happen during a christening service with our unique step-by-step guide. The guide takes you from the moment of welcome at the beginning through all the different things that happen.

  • Do parents have to be christened?

    Parents don’t have to be christened before they can have their child christened. Visit this page to learn more about the requirements for christenings.

  • Choosing godparents

    Godparents are really important. Choosing them is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Whether you are still thinking or have already asked some special friends, discover more about what it means to be or have godparents. Whether you have questions about gifts or want to explore the promises, there are answers to your questions here.

  • 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.

  • Can anyone have a christening service?

    Yes, so long as they have not been baptized already. Read on to discover the church’s welcome to you.

  • At what age should a child be christened?

    You can have your baby or child christened at any age but there are different forms of the service for older children and adults. Read more here.

  • Where can we hold the christening?

    A christening can take place in your local parish church. Read on if you’re thinking about having a christening elsewhere.

  • Can we have a private christening?

    Visit this page if you’re thinking of having a christening at a different time to the usual Sunday service in your local church.