Getting your child baptised
Welcome! We are delighted that you are looking into have your child baptised at one of the five churches that make up the Benefice of Witney.
During a christening, your child will be baptised with water. It is the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.
If you are unsure about what is involved in a christening service, here are links to some Church of England Guides to Baptisms
- A Step-by-Step Guide to the Christening Service
- A Parents’ Guide to Christening
- A Guide for Godparents
- A Guide for Guests
- Next Steps: After the Christening
If you want to go ahead and arrange a baptism then the first step is to contact our Benefice Administrator Michelle Bailey-Wells on 01993 779 492 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to fill in this Baptism Application Form
By the way, there is no difference between a christening service and a baptism service. Some churches will use the word ‘baptism’ and some the word ‘christening’. The moment when your child has water poured or wiped on their head is the actual baptism and is at the heart of the service. Babies are baptised during a christening service just as couples are ‘married’ during a ‘wedding’ service.