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Christenings

A christening is the first step of an amazing journey with God, parents, godparents, friends, family and the church.

A lifetime of discovering more about love, faith and hope begins - a wonderful moment to celebrate.

The Church of England christening website will tell you what you need to know about preparing for a family christening, choosing godparents and continuing the amazing journey of faith.

On this Harborough Anglican Team website you can find out about christenings in one of the Church of England churches in Market Harborough.


Which church?

Which church is right for you and your family is often decided by a family’s previous church connections.

Families often have a church that they feel particularly connected to we will do whatever we can to support you in this.

All our churches are available for baptisms and thanksgivings but only on certain dates and at certain times. The following is a guide only to the availability of churches and often changes during certain times of the year.

Your vicar will discuss with you the dates and times of your service so please be cautious when making any arrangements until dates have been confirmed.

All Saints

By arrangement.

St. Dionysius

The first Sunday in the month at 12.45pm or most weeks at the 9.15am all age family service.

St Hugh

By arrangement, either during the 9.15am service or at 12.45pm usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

St. Nicholas

Usually on the second Sunday in the month at 12.45pm and the third Sunday in the month at 11.00am.

St Peter & St Paul

Usually the 3rd Sunday in the month during the 10.30am service by arrangement.

Adult Baptism

Please contact a member of the clergy for more information about baptism for adults or older children.

What happens at
a Christening Baptism?

At a christening your child will be baptised with water. This is the heart of your child’s christening.

There are several special moments in the Baptism Service:

The vicar will pray for your child and for all those who will support them in their path of faith.

You and the godparents will make some important promises for your child in the service.

A special oil will be used to make the sign of the cross on your child’s forehead.
It’s a significant moment, which marks your child as belonging to God.

Water, which is blessed in the church’s font, will be poured over your child’s head by the vicar.
This is your child’s baptism.

Everyone promises to continue supporting your child from this moment.

A candle will be given to you in the service
when the vicar says,
“Shine as a light in the world to the glory of God”.


Getting ready for the christening

The vicar of your church will invite you to come to a church service and meet with others to talk about the christening and what it means for the whole family.

Getting ready for a christening involves thinking about faith and what it means to bring children up in a Christian family. This can raise questions and having someone you can talk things over with is often helpful.

You will also be invited to a short, informal workshop with other families to explore the meaning of a christening, the promises that are made and what you need to do on the day. We find that families really appreciate this time and opportunity to get to know members of the church and other families on the same journey. This workshop will be completed before the christening takes place.

Our toddler groups for carers with pre-school age children are also a good way to meet others and chat to people informally about the church and christenings. Meeting days and times of all the groups are on the Children & Families page.

What happens at a Thanksgiving?

Some families decide that a baptism is not right for them and decide instead for a Thanksgiving Service.

It may be that the timing is not right for a christening or that the promises are not right for your family.

A Thanksgiving service is an alternative option that does not include a baptism. It is still a special time and a wonderful way of gathering friends and family together to welcome and celebrate the gift of your child.

It involves thanking God for your child’s life, blessing your child by name, and expressing hope for your child’s future.


Christening workshop

Our Christening Workshop has been specially prepared for families getting ready for a service of baptism or thanksgiving for a child.

It is informal and helps us to support you in the important decision you have made. The workshop will be held on a Saturday morning and we welcome siblings and godparents to join you.

All families preparing for a baptism or thanksgiving will attend a workshop and choosing a date for your workshop will depend on the date of your service. Your vicar will talk to you about this.


Contacting us

We understand that when a family contact us to arrange a christening for their child it will not have been a decision taken lightly. 

We very much value your contact with us. The first thing we need are your contact details and some basic information so that we can register your interest in a christening and put you in touch with one of our churches.

Contact our Administrator, Sue Macdonald, by completing the Christening Enquiry form below and she will arrange for someone to get back to you.

Making an enquiry

The button below will take you to an enquiry form where you can provide us with some basic information. Please see our Data Privacy Notice for our policy on how we use your data.


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The day of the christening

Whatever day or time you arrange to have the christening it will be a very special day!

If the christening takes place during a Sunday morning service, your child’s church family will be present, joining you and your guests in prayer and support for the amazing journey ahead. If the christening takes place at one of our special Sunday 12.45pm christening services, there may be other families also present and the service will focus entirely on the christening. Whichever type of service is arranged we aim for it to be a very special and meaningful occasion for you and your family and friends.

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After the service

Your family are warmly invited to come to church whenever you can.

We will keep in touch and let you know what is going on, particularly at special times of the year. Some of our services are described as All Age which means they are particularly suitable for families with children. Other services have spaces set aside for children to explore faith in a child friendly and fun way. 

For older children and teens there are various groups and opportunities to join other young Christians exploring life and faith in ways that are relevant and fun.

If you would like to explore faith further we run Alpha which is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly , open and informal way.