Coronavirus update: While the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, unfortunately christenings are not allowed to take place. If you would like to contact us about a christening once restrictions are lifted, please do so here.
We know that having a child is a life changing event, and we hope you’re fast settling into new routines together, and enjoying each other’s company.
Below is a short prayer you might find it helpful to pray.
A Parent’s Prayer
God our Creator,
we thank you for the waiting and the joy,
for new life and for parenthood,
for the gift of this dear child entrusted to our care.
May we be patient and understanding,
Ready to guide and forgive,
That in our love they may know your love.
Please give us quiet strength and patient wisdom
As we nurture them
In all that is good, and true, and just. Amen.
Christenings at St Faith’s
Many parents wish to have their child christened. (This is also known as baptism; baptism and christening are different words for the same thing.)
If you live in Lee-on-the-Solent, regularly worship at St Faith’s, or have a long-standing connection to the church, then it is normally possible for your child to be baptised at St Faith’s.
Booking a christening
If you wish to have your child christened, you will need to come to Sundays@11 on one of the following Sundays:
Sunday 23 February 2020
Sunday 15 March 2020 (note change of date)
Sunday 19 April 2020
Sunday 17 May 2020
On these Sundays, we invite newly-christened children and their families to come to Sundays@11, for the child to be welcomed into the church family. We also present them with a Lion First Bible! After Sundays@11, we meet with parents wanting a christening for their child, and start the process of finding a date.
If you’d like more information about this, please do contact us.
When do christenings take place?
Christenings at St Faith’s usually take place on Sundays, most often around 1pm. However, it is possible to have a christening in the 9.30am Parish Eucharist or at Sundays@11. We’re happy to discuss possible dates and times with you.
If you have your child christened outside of one of our main services, we will invite you to come to Sundays@11 both before and after the christening itself. We’ll invite you before so you can get know us as a church, and we’ll invite you afterwards so that we can together welcome your child into the family of the church. We do hope you’ll come along.
What is christening?
When a person of any age is baptised, they become a member of the Christian church.
When children are baptised it is usual for parents and godparents to make promises on their behalf. In addition to the promises that are made, there are three important symbols: The sign of the cross made on the candidate’s forehead, the washing with water at the font, and the giving of the lighted candle.
When children are baptised, parents are: thanking God for His gift of life, deciding to start their children on the journey of faith and asking the Christian Community (the Church) for its support.
For a child, baptism marks the beginning of a journey of faith, which involves finding out more about Jesus and learning to follow him, and being part of the Christian Community – both local and worldwide.