Questions about Baptisms / Christenings

Q. I have been thinking about having my baby Christened but am not sure how to go about it.
A. We have two volunteers who liaise with Baptism families: Margaret and/or Anne would be happy to talk with you to help you make the first steps in planning a Christening for your baby.  Alternatively, you might like to come along to any of the 10am services at either church and make yourself known to one of the churchwardens.  We would be delighted to welcome you and to assist in whatever way we can.

Holy Cross: Margaret Goldthorpe
email: maggiegoldthorpe@gmail.com  / tel: 01923 262586

St Paul's: Anne Stickland
email: stickland@btconnect.com / tel: 01442 832090
 
Q. What is the difference between a Baptism and a Christening?
A. It is the same thing.
 
Q. What will I expected to do if I want to have my baby baptised at Holy Cross Sarratt or St Paul’s Chipperfield?
A. Like all Churches, we have a responsibility to ensure that you receive preparation for this important step you are taking. Margaret and Anne will arrange a time for some Baptism Preparation sessions with the rector.  We do not dictate any specific requirements for you to start the process of Baptism – apart from a willingness to start to become part of our Church community. We are happy for you to start from where you are at now!
 
Q. But my “baby” is no longer a baby – I have left it rather late to get him/her Christened, haven’t I?
A. Not at all! Why not talk to Margaret and Anne and be reassured that we love to welcome and encourage children (and parents) of all ages to come forward for Baptism and so become members of our church.

 Q. What does it cost to have a baby Baptised?
A. The preparation sessions, the services of the Rector and use of the Church are all completely free. There are however charges for verger and organist. There are additional optional charges for personalised order of service or performance fees.

For more specific information, please do not hesitate to call Margaret or Anne on the details above.