In the christening service, parents and godparents make serious promises on behalf of the child being baptised. First you will be asked to promise that you will support the child as they grow in the Christian faith:
- “Will you pray for them, draw them by your example into the community of faith and walk with them in the way of Christ?”
- “Will you care for them, and help them to take their place within the life and worship of Christ’s Church?”
To the questions above, the parents and godparents answer: “With the help of God we will”.
You will then be asked some questions which you answer on behalf of a child who is too young to answer for themselves:
- You will be asked to turn away from all things that are against God – the wrong in our own lives and to stand against the wrong in the world.
- You will then be asked to turn positively towards Jesus, the companion and guide for the amazing journey ahead.
These are all big questions and big promises, so you might like to take time to explore them for yourself during baptism preparation.
Some parents want to give their child the freedom to make their own baptism promises when they are old enough to decide for themselves. If you would like to give your child this opportunity you could consider having a Thanksgiving service instead of a christening.
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