We welcome babies, children,

  teenagers and adults for baptism/christening. 




   Some Questions and Answers


Q We are not married. Can we have our child christened/baptised or have a thanksgiving?

Yes, we are happy for a Service of Baptism/Christening, or a Thanksgiving, to take place if you are not married.

All are welcome.

Q I am single or divorced. Can we have our child christened/baptised or have a thanksgiving?

Yes, we are happy for a Service of Baptism/Christening, or a Thanksgiving, to take place if you are single or divorced.

All are welcome.

Q Do I have to live near the Church or in the parish for the baptism/thanksgiving to take place at St. John's?

No, not necessarily. You may live in the parish or have an association with the parish. If you have no association with St John's Church or the parish, we can still help you with the arrangements. This might be for a baptism/thanksgiving at St. John's or at the most appropriate Church for you. Please do email us or ask on Sunday morning to find out more.

Q Can we have a specific date we have in mind?

Unfortunately we can't honour any specific date you may have had in mind. We can't look at dates with you until baptism preparation has taken place, as there will be others who will be currently having preparation who need to be given allocated Sundays ahead. Our priests are not always available for any specific date, and it might be that a Thanksgiving Service is actually much better for you than a Baptism/Christening in any case.This will all be looked into and discussed during the preparation.

Q What’s the difference between a Baptism and a Christening?

There are different words for the same thing.

Q What is a Thanksgiving?

This is where we recognise your child as a gift from God, andf we publicly pray for them with you. It's a bit like a service of dedication. A Bible or small book is usually given. You don't need to make any promises in this service and, unlike baptism, there is no water involved. This is a special service and people very often get family and friends together and have a party or refreshments afterwards.

Q How do we know what happens in the baptism/thanksgiving service?

We meet with you for preparation. You may also see a baptism/thanksgiving taking place when you come along at one of our 10.30am services and you can chat about the service over coffee with another family, with Reverend Alan or with someone at church to find out more.

Q What about Godparents?

Each child to be baptised should preferably have a minimum of 3 Godparents. You can, of course, have more. Godparents must have been baptised themselves.

Q When do baptisms/thanksgivings take place?

These special occasions take place on nominated Sundays during one of our services or occasionally on a Sunday afternoon. We can only offer dates after preparation has taken place, we can't honour a specific date you may have in mind, and dates offered will likely be for at least three months ahead of your enquiry.

Q When does baptism preparation/thanksgiving take place?

Preparation consists of joining in with our 10.30-11.30am church services on two or three occasions, and then on an ongoing basis so that you can start to fulfill the promises you will make if you want a baptism. This will include any primary school children you may have joining in with the fun at Sunday Junior Church or at King's Kids.We also run a popular Youth Breakfast on Sundays for teenagers. Preparation also includes being at one or two Sunday afternoon baptism preparation sessions along with other parents, and others who are being baptised.

Q Is there a fee for a baptism or a thanksgiving?

Baptisms and Thanksgivings are free and there is no fee or charge. You will be given free of charge certificates for those being baptised and for Godparents. You will also be given free of charge a special candle to take home which will be lit during the service, or a bible or small book.

(If you should require an official copy of what is entered into the baptism register then there is a fee of £14 for this. This is a national fee not set locally by St. John's Church. You can obtain a copy of this official copy on the actual baptism date or at any time following the baptism.)

Q How do I find out more?

Come along at 10.30am on Sundays and chat over coffee afterward one of the services with Alan the Vicar, a family at Church and fill in a welcome card. When visiting there is no need to dress in any special way and we are friendly! Come as you are and make yourself at home!

Please email in any questions you may have and, only if you would like to, give us your names before arriving.

Email Nikki our Administrator at

I look forward to the possibility of meeting you. In God's love, Alan (Vicar)