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The Church offers three services for you and your baby:


Thanksgiving

A thanksgiving is an excellent way to mark the safe delivery of a child. Anyone can have a Thanksgiving in our Churches no matter where you live. It takes place in the Sunday morning service.


Christening

In this service the vicar prays for your child, makes the sign of the cross on their forehead and pours water over their head while saying ‘I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’.


Churching

This short service thanks God for safe delivery of a child for both mum and baby. This service is from the 1662 Book Of Common Prayer This can be arranged at very short notice, but it is wise to give the vicar a call to make sure he won't be on holiday. The service takes between 5 and 10 minutes, and usually the mother comes with her partner or parents, it is a quiet service not an occasion for a party.


NB. The christening application form is ‘hiding’ on the info and forms page.

Emergency christening


If you are in hospital and your baby is very ill an emergency christening may take place, either with the vicar, or a hospital chaplain - ask a nurse to contact the chaplain. All that is necessary is to  say ‘I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.’ While sprinkling the baby’s head with water three times.Most christenings take place in Church and you can read more on subsequent web pages.

Can we have our Christening in your church?


The following people qualify automatically

Those who live in the parish

Those who worship here and are on the Church membership list


The following are encouraged to have christenings here because of their connection with the parish

Those who were married here

Those whose parents or grandparents live here

Those who used to live here, but have moved

Those who were baptised or confirmed here

Those who have a grandparent buried in the Churchyard

Those who work here

Those who used to attend Church here or the Church school

Regular attenders at the mums and toddlers group, or who are enrolled in the pre-school


If you don’t come in one of the above categories you will need to attend Church regularly and become part of the Church community before you can discuss booking the christening.

Wentbridge Church                                         Darrington Church                                                    Smeaton Church

Christenings, and thanksgivings  at Wentbridge Church may take place at 9.15am on Sundays in the morning service, or at 6.30pm during evensong, or rarely, subject to diary commitments at 12.15pm. It is better for the christening to be in the main service so the church congregation can be present.

Christenings  and thanksgivings at Darrington Church may take place at 10.45am on Sundays in the morning service, they are usually on the second Sunday of the month in the family service which is shorter and better for children and non-churchgoers to go to.

Christenings and thanksgivings at Smeaton Church may take place at 9.15am on Sundays in the morning service, or at 6.30pm during evensong, or very rarely subject to diary commitments at 12.15pm.

It is better for the christening to be in the main service so the church congregation can be present.