Baptism at St Mary's (sometimes called "Christening")

Baptism (sometimes called "Christening")

If your home lies within the parish, we would love to have the opportunity to welcome you and your family to St Mary’s. Children are a real blessing and are a very important part of the life of the church here in Riddlesden.

The Church of England has two services for parents wishing to mark the birth of children and we are happy to offer whichever seems to be appropriate and best for you.

A Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child.

This service is just what it says. It is an opportunity to call together family and friends to give thanks to God and celebrate the arrival of your new baby. The service includes prayers to ask for God’s blessing for your child and your family and you can invite friends and family to play a special part in your child's life.


The Baptism service paints a vivid picture of the Christian life and is a sign of the choice to follow Jesus. The water reminds us of God's promise to cleanse and refresh us; the signing with the cross reminds us that we belong to Christ; the promises speak of a choice to turn away from selfishness and instead turn towards Jesus; and the lighted candle is symbolic of the light of Christ conquering the darkness.

At a child's baptism, parents and godparents promise to ‘draw them by example into the community of faith', and to ‘help them take their place within the life and worship of Christ's church', as well as making the profound promises of Christian baptism on their behalf.

Thanksgivings and Baptisms can take place as part of the Family Service on the first Sunday in the month or on other Sundays either at midday or in the afternoon. Why not come along to our Family Service on the 1st Sunday of the month to get a feel for the church?

Please contact Rev Tony Walker to discuss the different options [email protected] or by phone on 01535 665084.

We also do Baptisms for older children, young people and adults who have not already been baptised, and prepare young people and adults for Confirmation. Again get in touch with Rev Tony Walker to find out more.