Church of England Diocese of Rochester Westerham

A Christening (Baptism)


We sometimes use the words 'baptism' and 'christening' interchangeably – a baby or young child is 'baptised' in a 'christening service'. 

This service is a celebration of God’s love, a mark of belonging to God’s family and a commitment to going together on the journey of faith.   We are delighted to invite babies and children from the parish, or from further afield if their parents attend St Mary's, for a Christening service.   Please download our leaflet "Thinking about a Christening" below to find out what this involves .....

For more details, see the dedicated Church of England Website for Christenings.

Adult Baptism

Where someone was not baptised/christened as a baby, but comes to Christian faith as an adult, baptism can be arranged, usually in the context of a Confirmation Service. The best place to start is to arrange to speak with the vicar.


Many people who join the church wish to express their commitment to God by reaffirming for themselves the promises made for them at their baptism by their parents and godparents at a confirmation service. The vicar will lead a few sessions to prepare you for this, but the service is always led by a Bishop who will normally use the opportunity to talk to the candidates about the responsibilities of adult Christian life and pray for them. He often addresses the congregation, too, and encourages them to support the candidates in the new step each is taking. Those being confirmed will then make their public profession of faith.

Again, the best place to start is to arrange to speak with the vicar.

For more details see the Church of England website

If having read this you want to go ahead with a service at St Mary's please contact the parish office to arrange to meet with the vicar.

There is no cost for any of these services.

Thinking_about_a_Christening_-_December_2018, PDF