Please click on the button below to download and complete the form to request a Christening
The birth of a baby is a time of great joy and something to celebrate! Your child is precious to you and precious to God. Being baptised at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family. We are here to help you to celebrate the joyful times of life. We will help you through each stage of the planning process and make sure your service is personal to you.
We also welcome adults who want to be baptised.
We will lead you through the steps that you need to complete and provide an electronic form for you to make your initial enquiry. If you prefer to talk to someone first, please call the Rector on 625 1052 or the parish office and we will go through the same information with you. There is also lots of information on this Church of England website https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/christenings
QUALIFYING CRITERIA FOR CHRISTENINGS
We need to check that you are eligible to have your child baptised in this parish. As soon as you answer yes to one of the following questions you know that you are eligible.
Do either of the parents reside in the Parish (If you are not sure then you can use this link to enter your postcode and find the church that is closest to you? https://www.achurchnearyou.com/ )
Were either of the parents baptised in one of the churches of the parish?
Were either of the parents confirmed and/or have their confirmation entered in a register belonging to one of the churches of the parish?
Were the parents or grandparents married in one of the churches of the parish?
Have the parents have had their usual place of residence in the parish of Stratford-upon-Avon for at least 6 months at any time during their lifetime ?
Has a grandparent has had their usual place of residence in the parish for at least 6 months at any time during the child’s parents lifetime ?
Has the child’s parents, at any time, habitually attended public worship at services in one of the Parish churches for at least 6 months ?
Has a grandparent, at any time, habitually attended public worship at services in one of the Parish churches for at least 6 months during the child’s parents lifetime ?
If you cannot answer ‘yes’ to one of the above questions you could still qualify by attending a minimum of six services over a minimum time of six months.
Choosing Godparents is a special and important task. Godparents will need to be present at the baptism They must be over 16 and have been baptised themselves. Other people can act as sponsors but are not entered as godparents in the baptism register.
Parents can be godparents
Ideally there should be up to four godparents.
Please talk to us if you have any questions.