Christenings for children
Christenings for children HampsEveryone is welcome to have their children Christened in their parish church and we will be delighted to meet you and your little one. A baptism is the same as a Christening: during the Christening service your child will be baptized with water and, with the support of the church, you and Godparents, your child begins an amazing journey of faith on this special day for all your friends and family. All you need to know about planning and going to a Church of England christening can be found at

If you would like to consider having your child baptized at St. Thomas’s, we invite you to come along to one of our services, and make contact with either the Vicar or one of the Churchwardens, Jud Charlesworth or Beth Wickenden who will give you an application form.

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Exploring more about what Christening means

Exploring more about Christening HampsYour 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.

Choosing Godparents

Choosing Godparents HampsGodparents are among the most important people at a Christening, as they make big promises to encourage their Godchild to grow in faith and commit to helping them understand how to live their life in a Christian way. This information may help you to make the right choice of Godparents for your child.

Alongside the parents, Godparents will

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Preparing for the big day

Preparing for the big day HampsGetting ready for your child’s Christening is exciting. But there’s also a lot to think about and do. Whether you have done this before or not, read on for some helpful ideas and tips.

It can seem that there is a lot to organise for a Christening. But remember that the important thing is that you and your family are there on the day to see your child baptized at their Christening.

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Adult Baptism

If you are mature enough to make your own decisions and you’ve decided you’d like to be baptized, you’ll have a baptism service that is designed for adults.

You may have been going to church for a while and want to make a more definite commitment in terms of your Christian faith. For adults and young people, baptism usually takes place shortly before, or at the same time, as confirmation. Confirmation is the service when those who have previously been baptized affirm those promises and are specially prayed for by a Bishop.

Being baptized as an older person, or adult, is a wonderful celebration of the Christian commitment you will have carefully considered.

Any adult wishing to be baptised or confirmed should make contact with the Vicar.