St Mark's Mansfield

Baptisms / Christenings / Thanksgivings; Confirmation

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Baptism / Christening

The word “baptism” means to cover with water: a symbol of life, newness and freedom. The word “Christen” means to anoint with oil: a symbol that God has equipped you for what God has in mind to do with you.

Babies and Young Children

A Christening is a first step on a journey of faith, if you would like to get your child Christened please get in touch with Fr. James on 01623 628067  or on Sunday morning after Church.

Christening/Baptism normally take place during our 9:30 Sunday morning worship. However, we understand that you may have family and friends travelling a long way, please talk about this when you meet Fr James.

Baptism is a free gift from God – there’s no charge from us!

The Church of England website –

Our Diocesan website –


Godparents set an example for the children being baptised. It makes sense then, that the Godparents must be christened already or be willing to do so either on the same day or an earlier occasion (see below: Adults being Christened). We recommend between two and four godparents.

Adults being Christened

If you would like to be baptised as an adult we ask you to get involved with Church first and to take a short course. However, it’s not about getting all the answers right: it’s all about ‘living the big questions together’.

Thanksgiving service

There is a special, but simple, service of thanksgiving, which is a lovely time when you can be with friends and family, ask for God’s blessing and pray for your baby. It’s different from a christening – for more information about Thanksgivings click on the link below

The Church of England website  –


If you would like to be confirmed, please come and talk to us.

The Church of England website –

Our Diocesan website –


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