Sent to set hearts on fire to live and love as Christ did. Since 1831.
Spanning generations, from many nations. Since 1831.
Loving our community. Since 1831.
As the parish church for Enfield Highway and Brimsdown,St James’s is a place for all of life’s great events, including celebrating a new life.
Bringing your child to be baptised is one of the biggest commitments a parent can make. Christenings (also called services of Holy Baptism) are a special time as children are welcomed into God’s family, the Church.
At St James’s we have a monthly baptism service at 12.15 pm on the first Sunday of the month. The service lasts for half an hour, is lively and interactive.
If you would like to have your child christened at St James’s, we are delighted! As infants and toddlers are too young to speak for themselves, this is where godparents come in, who (together with the parents) make solemn promises before God and the church on their behalf. One of these promises includes raising them actively in the Christian faith, and when they are old enough, having them confirmed by a bishop as a committed member of the church.
As you can imagine, baptism is far too special to be decided upon casually! Should you as a parent feel you aren’t ready to make such solemn commitments just yet, we at St James’s also offer a service of Thanksgiving for the birth of a child, customarily during the main Sunday worship service at 10am. Rest assured, it is a very personal and meaningful service to thank God for the new arrival in your life.
Christenings or services of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child are considered gifts of God’s grace, and as such, there are no charges for either of these services. However, as a gesture of gratitude to God for this special moment in your child’s life—and indeed in the life of your family—we at St James’s are always grateful for special donations from the family, a collection after the service, or both.
(Note that if you are a UK taxpayer, that if your donation is declared under Gift Aid, St James’s receives an additional 25% at no added cost to you, and often to your benefit at tax time when you declare charitable contributions.)
For enquiries about christenings and services of thanksgiving for the birth of a child, please do come down and see us during our weekly coffee morning in church and open office hours on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm. One of the clergy is on hand to answer your questions, and to get the ball rolling.
If you would like to know more about christenings in the Church of England, click on this link, or click on the purple ‘CHRISTENINGS’ graphic above.