Christenings (Baptisms) & Thanksgivings
We are delighted that you are thinking about having your child baptised and hope this page will help you make your plans.
Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service, parents and Godparents thank God for his gift of life and make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith.
The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.
You may also find the Church of England Christenings page helpful. It contains answers to many of the questions that you may have.
The information below will guide you through the simple process of booking a Christening, starting with the Enquirers' Meeting, and will give you some useful information.
Christenings take place in all four Anglican churches in Droitwich: St Augustine's (Dodderhill), St Andrew's, St Nicholas' and St Peter's, with preparation and booking happening centrally as the information below will explain.
We look forward to helping you plan and book your child's special day.
Thanksgiving ServiceIf you would like to explore the possibility of having a Thanksgiving Service rather than a Christening, the initial step of attending the Enquirers' Meeting also applies as explained below.
Adult BaptismBaptisms also take place for those who have come to faith later in life and who were not christened as a child. If you would like to find out more about being baptised, then contact the Parish Office.
First step....... Enquirers' MeetingThe first step in arranging your child's Christening (or Thanksgiving Service) is to come to an enquirers' meeting. These are held at the Parish Centre, by St Andrew's Church in Droitwich town centre.
The meeting lasts for an hour and over refreshments you will be able to meet the vicar and people from the church. We will discuss the Christening service and the Christian faith as well as explaining the practicalities of how to make the arrangements. The meeting is not really suitable for children or babies so we ask you please to find a sitter, but if this is difficult let us know and we will accommodate your needs.
The Enquirers' Meetings are held at 8pm one Tuesday of each month (except August and December).
To book into a meeting just contact the Parish Office.
Booking the Christening
Once you have been to the Enquirers' Meeting you can go ahead and make your booking through our parish office, where our administrator will help you finalise the details.
Preparing for the Day
There are a number of things that will help you prepare for the day.
You need to choose godparents who will have a special role helping your child in their spiritual life. The vicar who will do the Christening will usually visit you at home before the day to explain the service and answer any questions.
We make no charge for a Christening. It is free, because it is about the free gift of God's love, life and forgiveness.
Your child's Christening will usually be held as a separate service at 12.30 on a Sunday. If you would like the Christening to be part of the usual morning service, then speak to the Parish Office.
The vicar will lead you through the service. There is nothing to learn or remember. Some parts of the service will be for everyone to join in with; some will be for parents and the godparents. When you bring your child for Christening, you will be asked to say that you believe in God and will bring your child up to follow Jesus.
The declarations made by parents and the child's godparents will be made in front of the church congregation and the local Christian community will promise to support you and pray for you and your child.
Welcome in Church
After a couple of weeks, you are invited to return to church to a Sunday morning service (usually at St Peter's) so that you and your child can be welcomed into the congregation and receive a special candle and their certificate.
We hope that this information is helpful, but if you have any questions please do feel free to contact the office and we will be happy to help you.