Getting your child baptised

Welcome! We are delighted that you are looking into have your child baptised at one of the five churches that make up the Benefice of Witney.

During a christening, your child will be baptised with water. It is the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.

If you are unsure about what is involved in a christening service, here are links to some Church of England Guides to Baptisms

If you want to go ahead and arrange a baptism then the first step is to contact our Benefice Administrator Michelle Bailey-Wells on 01993 779 492 or office@witneyparish.org.uk.

You will need to fill in this Baptism Application Form

By the way, there is no difference between a christening service and a baptism service. Some churches will use the word ‘baptism’ and some the word ‘christening’. The moment when your child has water poured or wiped on their head is the actual baptism and is at the heart of the service. Babies are baptised during a christening service just as couples are ‘married’ during a ‘wedding’ service.

Safeguarding

    If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408. Also please inform one of Parish Safeguarding Team.
    For other safeguarding concerns please immediately inform our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Sarah Jane, on 07506 515 952 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk
    If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01865 208295 or Richard Woodley on 07391 868478 or Lisa Wilkins on 07341 866832 lisa.wilkins@oxford.anglican.org

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