I am very happy to Christen anyone who lives in Coleford or Holcombe, or anyone who has a good connection with the parish. During the Christening, your child will be baptized. It’s the beginning of an amazing journey (a pilgrimage) with God, and with parents, Godparents, friends, family and Holy Trinity or St Andrew’s. You do not have to be a church goer and neither do you have to be married or have a partner. You can be Christened at any age,
You will need to have three Godparents for your child – two of the same sex and one of the other sex. You can have more, but three or four is an ideal number. All your Godparents need to have been Christened themselves. If your child is five or less, then I am happy simply to do the Christening. If your child is between six and 16, then I should like to have a chat with him or her first. If it is an adult who is being Christened, then we shall do some preparation together. If an adult is being Christened, then Godparents are not necessary.
Christenings may be on any day of the week, though normally they are on Saturdays (at any time), at 9.30 on Sundays in Coleford (during our morning service), 11.15 on Sundays in Holcombe (during our morning service) or 3.00 on Sundays. I do get booked up, so please make sure you contact me well in advance.
There is no fee for a Christening, although we do have a collection during the final hymn. You may also like to make a donation here.
You might like to have a look at the very helpful Church of England website Church of England Christenings www.churchofenglandchristenings.org where you can also light a virtual candle for your baby or child or whoever is being Christened.
However, this is your Christening service so do email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring me on 01373 812705 as soon as you can.