Christening Service at St James & St Bede

Mon 13 Nov 2023 | Latest News 2023 - 24, RE, Year 1

Article 14: Children can choose their own thoughts, opinions and religions.

Article 31: Every child has the right to take part in cultural and creative activities.

On the 13th November, our Year 1 class were lucky to be invited to St James & St Bede Church to learn about what happens when someone gets christened or baptised. We used a doll and the children acted out the role of parents and godparents.

The Reverend Margaret then showed us, step by step, the process of the service:

  1. Light some candles
  2. Put on a special gown(stole)
  3. Use special oil to make the cross symbol – blessed from the Bishop at Durham Cathedral
  4. Turn the water into Holy water by saying a special prayer
  5. Baptise the baby, then wipe the water away from the head
  6. Everyone to clap for the baby who has been christened/baptised

We learned that a christening symbolises the start of your Christian journey through life and that you are becoming part of God’s family.