Arranging a baptism or wedding?
A baptism or christening is the first step on 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.
What happens at a christening?
There are several special moments in the service:
- The vicar will pray for your child and for all those who support them in their path of faith.
- You and the godparents will make some important promises for your child in the service.
- The sign of the cross will be made on your child’s forehead. It’s a significant moment, which marks your child as belonging to God.
- Water, which is blessed on 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 the Father.’
In Cyncoed Ministry Area, the arrangements will be slightly different depending on the church where you would like the service to take place:
- At All Saints Cyncoed, baptisms take place separately after the main Sunday service at 12.30pm.
- At St Edeyrn’s, baptisms take place separately at 11.30am on the 2nd and 4th Sundays in the month.
- At All Saints Llanedeyrn and St David’s Pentwyn, baptisms take place during the main Sunday service.
The role of godparents
In the service, the godparents make promises to share the amazing story of the Christian faith, to pray for your child and to show them ways to grow in faith and love. Because of the very special role they have in supporting your child’s faith journey, godparents must have been baptised themselves.
After the service
When your child is baptised, they become a part of our church family, and you are warmly invited to come to church whenever you can. You are also welcome to take part in any of our other groups and events.
We will try to keep in touch with you and invite you occasionally to join us for special services, for instance at Christmas, Easter and for Godparent’s Sunday. Whether we see you regularly or lose touch over time, we will always be here if you need us.