Read more here. Traditionally, it was done asap, but really you can have it done whenever you like. The actual time and date of the service is usually dictated by the availability of your church, and you’ll also want to check the availability of your chosen godparents. My Irish in laws were as it's more usual for them to baptise within the first few weeks.It also depends on whether your priest/vicar/minister wants you to attend church beforehand or do a baptismal course. When a child is christened, the parents and godparents will make promises on their behalf. Older children (perhaps around the age of 12) may be mature enough to make the promises for themselves. Woman just called to say she's sleeping with my partner, To ask if we are the ONLY family who have NEVER done Xmas stockings. Pressure from religious family members is often a factor in holding a christening for your baby. Do check with the church as soon as possible, what is required beforehand. I simply never got round to organising it until now. Baptism has been used in most Christian christening ceremonies, inspired by Jesus’s own baptism in the River Jordan at the hands of John the Baptist. I think the reasoning was that, if you do infant baptism, you get on with it soon but it helps if you've emerged a bit from new-born chaos. There's no basis for infant baptism in the bible, only adult baptism, so as a Christian ritual it's pretty meaningless. Churches are often in demand for christenings, weddings, funerals and other life and religious events as well as other services, so it’s important you get started on time. at whatever age a child can understand the meaning of the ceremony and has a real choice, then they can be baptised. Read on to discover the church’s welcome to you. We had a thanksgiving for our youngest daughter (CofE church). Many civil celebrants now offer baby naming ceremonies which are the non-religious equivalent of a christening. This is page 1 of 3 (This thread has 52 messages.). Usually, the priest or reverend will begin the service by inviting parents and godparents to stand around the front. But what if you’re not part of an established church? If you are having a personal christening service rather than joining a communal christening event, ask your guests to arrive with plenty of time to spare so that the event can run on time. Traditionally, parents held a christening for their new baby to mark the beginning of their upbringing in the Christian faith. DD was baptized at the same time - she was 2. If you’re an active member of a religious community or church, there’s usually a pre-defined formal ceremony like a christening or baptism that greets the arrival of a new baby. Huggies® may amend the material at any time without notice. However, mostly the parents are expected to host a function for their visitors. When a child is christened, the parents and godparents will make promises on their behalf. Talk to your vicar about baptizing an older child and how this might differ from a baby’s christening service. Fifty years ago it was very common to hold a christening just a couple of weeks after a baby was born. Many parents put the decision in the too-hard basket – but are left with a nagging feeling that it would have been nice to have some kind of ceremony to welcome the arrival of their child. Check with your church to find out how long the service will run. Generally that person would be a practising member of the church into which the child is christened. In the end he was baptised at 3mo. Huggies® (and any healthcare professional, where relevant) intend for the information on this website to be up to date, timely and accurate but, to the extent that we are permitted by law, do not accept any liability or responsibility for claims, errors or omissions. There was a baby boom when I was born and 8 of us were christened that day! Shit, my child has just trumped me with Santa. Find out more about what you can expect when you make that call. Talk to your vicar about baptizing an older child and how this might differ from a baby’s christening service. In some families, a traditional christening gown handed down through generations is the impetus for having a christening – and for holding the ceremony when the baby is small enough to fit into the gown.