COVID-19 – We are unable to accept any new bookings for Baptisms/Christenings.
Existing Baptisms/Christenings that are already booked cannot take place until such time as we are permitted to carry out these services. We are contacting those whose service is affected. Monthly Baptism Preparation Sessions are not taking place. If you have a query regarding your current Baptism/Christening or Baptism Preparation Session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Emergency baptisms can take place in a hospital or at home, subject to strict hygiene precautions and physical distancing as far as this is possible. For emergency baptism only please contact 07395 883652. During a christening your child will be baptised with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.
Christening acts as a formal welcome into the Church and marks the beginning of the journey into faith. We are able to consider offering a Thanksgiving service instead, when we offer thanks to God for the gift of a child.
Our Baptism / Christening services take place at Romsey Abbey, on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, or as close to this pattern as possible. The services start at 12.45pm.
Children are sometimes christened during the 9.30 am Parish Eucharist. We also offer an order of service that combines baptism and marriage, should you be interested in having your child christened during your wedding.
Find out more about Christenings and get lots of useful advice on the Church of England’s website, churchofenglandchristenings.org
You may be christened directly before being confirmed as part of our annual confirmation service. This usually takes place in late November. Please contact the Parish Office in the first instance.
After you make initial contact with us, using the form below, a member of our friendly team will explain the next steps and make a provisional booking.
We will invite you, and your child (children) and Godparents, to attend 1 Baptism Preparation session. These sessions last only an hour and run each month in Romsey Abbey Church Rooms, on the second Wednesday of every month from 6pm – 7pm. The session will include a short presentation by the ministry team, time for discussion and an opportunity to meet the Baptism Visitors. You will be given a baptism application form to complete to confirm the booking.
You are also most welcome to come and talk to Rhiannon Wilmott, at our Baby and Toddler Group on Wednesday mornings, 9.30 am – 11 am (term-time only).