The Parishes of Horsham St Faiths, Spixworth & Crostwick

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Baptism / Christening

What is baptism...

In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support.

For your child, baptism: marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from the darkness of self-centredness, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Baptism is a 'sacrament': a visible sign of God's love. In baptism, we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we all need to turn away from the darkness of evil and to make a new start with God.

So you want to have your child baptised...

Everyone who lives in Spixworth, St. Faiths or Crostwick is allowed to have their children baptised in their Parish Church.

Parents and godparents should be baptised themselves. If you are not, we would be happy to talk with you about baptising you at the same service as your child.

Baptisms may take place during the Sunday Service or they can be arranged for a separate time (usually 3pm on Sunday). We may ask you to share the occasion with one other family.

There is no charge for baptism during the morning Sunday Service; there may be a small charge for the Verger and organist outside of these times.

In the service, you promise that you will do what you can to bring your child up as a Christian, and we promise that we will make her/him welcome as part of the church.

To find out more about Baptism click here

To arrange a baptism please email the Rector


Godparents are people who will have an interest in their godchild throughout their lives. Perhaps family members or friends, godparents promise to pray and support their godchild and to help the parents to bring up the child in the Christian faith.

Our top tips for being a great godparent

  • Pray for your godchild regularly
  • Set an example of Christian living
  • Spend time with your godchild or if that's not possible write or email them
  • Remember the anniversary of their baptism as well as their birthday
  • Encourage them to find out about the Chrisitan faith

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