Christening: A step of faith into the Faith Community of the Church.
Christening, sometimes called Baptism, is about wanting God to be a part of your child’s life and you to be part of God’s people we call the Church. It’s a great thing to do. If you choose to have your child christened you are beginning a conversation with God. You might know what that means or you might not. Or you may be somewhere in-between. Confused? So are many who come to Church.
Faith is a journey not a destination. We journey with God. We hope that you will join with us at St Anne’s. We are a Christian community exploring what that means in worship, service and practical action. We seek to reshape our lives so we echo Jesus Christ in our priorities.
You can find out more about what the Church believes about Christenings here: https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/
Can we have our child Christened?
We christen those who live in St Anne’s Parish (essentially Sale Moor and the part of Sale East of the canal down to the border with Northern Moor. You can check the boundaries here on the Church of England site "A Church Near You") - enter Sale St Anne as the location. If you do not live in the Parish but have reasons for wanting your child to be Christened here, please do ask.
Picking up an Application Form
To pick up a form, we invite you to come to our 10.30am Parish Eucharist at St Anne’s.
Some families, seeking christening, already come to Church. Others do not. If this is you, we hope and pray that you will come along as a regular part of your preparing for the christening and that you will continue to come afterwards. We want to help you weave the Christian faith into your parenting of your child. Either way, you are really welcome.
Come and take a look at us. Ask yourself whether you want to explore the Christian faith as part of our community. After the 10.30am service we will invite you to join us over in the Church Hall for a drink. The clergy will be able to join you soon afterwards with an application form and book a date.
Date for the Christening
Christenings take place on most Sundays except for the Second Sunday of the Month. The service is held as part of a our main Church Service, either at 10.30am or at 12.30pm. In order to make it a more personal experience, we only christen from two families at any one time, with dates decided on a first come, first served basis. Until your form is returned to the Church Office and date agreed, please note that no final conversation can take place about dates.
Preparing for the Christening
Before the Christening, you will need to come to a Preparation Session. These take place in St Anne’s Church, where the baptism will take place. They will be at 4.15pm on various Sundays of the year. They will last about one hour. If you bring children, please bring toys and activities they can do whilst we talk. You arrange the date of the Christening at an Office Hour but you must come to a session before the Christening can take place. Unfortunately, we cannot baptize until the parents have come to a preparation session.