Baptisms, Thanksgivings and Confirmations
We are delighted that you are considering taking this step for yourself or your child. We have provided these notes to set out the way we do things at Christ Church.
To help you consider this important step our vicar would be happy to meet you in order to gather relevant details and discuss any godparents/supporting adults you may wish to attend. He will also make sure you fulfil our legal criteria for taking this step.
These services take place within the ordinary Sunday morning services (10am start) with the usual church congregation present as witnesses.
At Christ Church we take baptism very seriously since the promises you take and the declaration of the Christian faith you make are not things to be taken lightly. We therefore need to help you prepare for this and to explore the meaning of baptism. To do this we would like to meet with you informally several times, depending on your situation, and explain to you the Christian faith and the implications it has for us today.
Also as the promises you make include you saying that you will be regular in your church attendance we would like you to be regularly attending at least one of the church services at 10am or 6:30pm every Sunday. Once we have talked you through all that is involved and a regular pattern of church worship has been established, say for around two months, then we can decide if it is the right thing to go ahead with the baptism.
For children: Please note that within the Church of England the Thanksgiving service may be more appropriate. Also note, that at Christ Church we take the Bible seriously and believe that it makes it clear that the best place for children to be brought up is in a home where the parents are married. While we realise that more and more children are being born to couples who are not married we ask that parents should at least have the intention of getting married before we baptise their baby.
For adults: Please note that sea baptisms are popular with youth and adults. These take place after a Sunday morning church service, usually in September, when the sea has warmed up. We meet on the South Beach beyond the Claremont Pier, usually around 12noon. There is a beach hut available for changing.
We provide formal Church of England baptism certificates, and also informal Christ Church ones in a variety of choices, if you would like a certificate. There is no charge for either of these certificates.
Many families, including Christian families, prefer to use the Church of England Thanksgiving Service. This service is an opportunity to publicly thank God for the gift of a child; to ask for His help in bringing them up, and for His protection in the years to come. The Thanksgiving Service is for everyone who believes that there is a God, but you do not have to make any declaration of a personal commitment to God. Nor do you have to promise that you will bring your child to church in the years to come. If, in future, your child commits his/her own life to God and wants to be baptised he/she may do so.
Bishop Rod Thomas visits to lead Confirmation services.
If you want to meet with the vicar or to get more information, including available dates, please Contact Us.