A Christening/Baptism is a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of your new baby. This special service is a way of saying thank you to God for the gift of your child and affirming your desire for your child to grow up as a member of God’s family.
We would be delighted to arrange the christening/baptism of your child at either St Peter’s or St Nicholas’ Church. Provided you live in Portishead no previous connection with the church is required. In the first instance contact our Church Office who will arrange for you to meet with a member of our clergy team to discuss the service.
Baptisms usually take place on the afternoon of the last Sunday of the month at St Peter’s Church and then on the following Sunday at 9.15am the families of those baptised come to our Family Service so they can be presented with their Baptism Candle and the baptised children be welcomed into the Family of God. For details of Baptisms at St Nicholas’ please contact the Church Office.
As Baptism is such a special moment in the child’s life the parents are supported in this by Godparents. Whilst traditionally it is two godmothers and one godfather for a girl and two godfathers and one godmother for a boy, the most important thing is to choose people who you feel will be good role models for your child. For this reason those asked to be god parents must themselves have been baptised.
Whilst many are baptised as babies, Baptism can take place at any age. Older children, young people and adults who wish to be baptised, please contact the Church Office to arrange to meet a member of the clergy.
Those who have been baptised can continue their Christian journey by being confirmed. Confirmation is a public affirmation of the faith journey begun at baptism. There is a special course we run to help prepare people for Confirmation which helps explain more about the Christian faith and the life of the Church. We usually run one Confirmation Course each year and it is open to anyone to adults and young people 11 years or older. To learn more about Confirmation please contact our Team Rector, Revd Andy Bryant.