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West Sheppey Christening Policy



May God, who has received you by baptism into his Church, pour upon you the riches of his grace,
that within the company of Christ's pilgrim people
you may daily be renewed by his anointing Spirit,
and come to the inheritance of the saints in glory


Christening is something Jesus told his church to do.  It brings the Christened person into the family of the church — a new belonging.  Therefore it is very important, and needs to be thought about carefully.

In our parishes we welcome all who seek Christening for their child, and we ask just two things:

That the family begin to attend the church in which the Christening is to be held (so they can meet the people who will be welcoming their child and helping them to get to know Jesus)

That the parents attend a four-week evening class (which explains the whole thing, and the promises that they will make to God in front of the whole church on behalf od their child)

Please note that Christenings happen during the main church service. Because we are delighted to welcome so many Christenings, unfortunately, it can be up to a six month wait for your service. However that does give time for you to really get to know the people and church!

The Christening classes are held three times a year (dependent on numbers). 


NB Christening and Baptism are the same thing.