Christening Your Child in the Parish of Great Snaith

Welcome from the Rector

We are delighted that you are considering bringing  your baby/child to the Parish of Great Snaith to be welcomed in Baptism.

Baptism is a very important step in the life of the family, and especially that of the child. We hope and pray that you will feel welcomed into our Christian community here in Great Snaith, and you will feel that it is a home in which you are welcome at all times.

We pray for you and your child as they begin their life in faith.

Baptism or Christening?

It can be confusing to see the terms “Baptism” and “Christening” used, and you may wonder what the difference is. The truth is that the two terms are used interchangeably and both mean the same thing, so don’t worry!

What is Baptism?

You will already have had the opportunity to welcome your child into your family with cards, balloons and other celebrations. Baptism is an extension of this with the Church welcoming the child into the family of God and the Christian family.

This is a cause for great celebration, and we hope that our Baptism service reflects this joy.

Christians believe that God knows everything about us

In baptism, Parents and Godparents bring their child to God, and through Baptism the child becomes a member of the Christian faith. It is the responsibility of the parents and Godparents that the child will be brought up as a Christian.

Baptism is the start of a faith journey and it does not end with the service. Parents and Godparents are encouraged to teach the Christian faith and to support the child. The Church also has a responsibility to pray for the child, and to welcome them into the Church family at any time.

Choosing the Location

You may choose to have your child baptised as part of one of our main services, or in a separate service later in the day. Baptism can take place in any of the five churches within the Parish of Great Snaith as follows:

  • Cowick Holy Trinity
  • Heck St John the Baptist
  • Hensall St Paul
  • Pollington St John the Baptist
  • Snaith St Laurence Priory

Who should I Choose as Godparents?

Being a Godparent is a serious role in which a great deal of trust is placed.

Any Godparent chosen must be a Baptised Christian, and needs to think carefully about the promises that they are being asked to make on behalf of the children.

Eleanor is always happy to chat with prospective Godparents if they are unsure about what they are being asked to do.


During the Service


The Parents and Godparents of the child profess their own Christian faith, and indicate their willingness to pass this faith onto the child.

Blessing of the Water/Baptism

The clear water is blessed which symbolises the cleansing of any sin from the child who is then born again through the blessed water.


The child is then welcomed into the Christian community. A lit candle is given for the child to remind them that Jesus is the light of the world. The parents are encouraged to re-light the candle each year on the anniversary of the Baptism.


After Baptism

The welcome extended during the Baptism of your child does not end with the service.

You are encouraged to attend the regular Family Services that we have in Great Snaith, and you and your child are also welcome at major festivals such as Christmas and Easter.

Of course, we would love to see you at other times too!



Please talk to us about what music you would like during the service. We can provide traditional organ music, worship hymns, and also play appropriate CDs of your choice.



There is no charge for Baptisms in the Parish of Great Snaith.


Adult Baptism

Baptisms for adults follow the same general format as the Baptism service for children. Please contact Eleanor for details.