Christening and Baptisms

Christening (Baptisms) at St Cuthbert’s Ormesby

Christening and Baptism are two different names for the same thing; they are both a service of welcome into the Christian family.

The word ‘Christening’ is used for a baby or a child.

The word ‘Baptism’ is used for a young person or adult.  

Can I have my baby christened at St Cuthbert’s?

In the Church of England, babies are christened at their local parish church.

If you live in the parish of St Cuthbert’s, then your child may be christened at this church.  If you don’t live in the parish, but you were married here, or your wider family live in the parish and this is your ‘home’ church, then you can still have your child christened here.  It is our joy to welcome your baby into the Christian family.

Baptisms and Christenings take place in church on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 12noon and 12:30pm. They can also take place during a Sunday morning service. 

How do I go about arranging or finding out about a Christening?

During any periods of national lockdown then there can be no ‘Christenings and Weddings Enquiries’ hour; during those times please either fill in the Baptism Enquiry form (click button below) or call a Church Warden, or email These are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Please contact a Church Warden, or email are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Alternatively, you can fill in the Baptism Enquiry Form (click button below)

You can attend an open ‘Christenings and Weddings Enquiries’ hour, which during the winter months of October/November to March is at St Cuthbert’s Church each Sunday morning between 11am and 12noon and at other times of the year is at St Cuthbert’s Church on a Tuesday evening between 6 and 7pm. Except during periods of national lockdown. See above.

Please also look the Church of England’s Christenings website for more detailed guidance for parents and godparents or click on the image at the bottom of the page. 

How much does it cost?

There are no fees to pay the church for a Christening.  In order to cover the cost of the christening candle, certificate, heating and lighting of the church, we warmly recommend a donation of £25.  

I’m an adult, how do I get baptised?

Young people and adults are very welcome to be baptised and the Bishop recommends that we now do adult baptism and confirmation together.  It involves attending a short course where you learn more about the Christian faith.  Please email or come along to a ‘Christenings and Weddings Enquiries’ hour.

Please see the Church of England’s web page on adult baptisms

Want to understand your role in baptisms then click on the image below.