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Your little one’s special day at St James’s

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.

Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child

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.

Fees and charges?  None!

Giftaid logoChristenings 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.)

Want to know more?

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.

Find Us

St James’s Parish Church is on the Hertford Road (A1010), about 12 mins from Southbury Overground station (right out of the station and left onto Hertford Rd) and Brimsdown rail station (left out of the station and left at the bottom of Green Street). London buses 121, 279 and 307 all stop across from the church.

Pop in for coffee

The church is open every Saturday between 10am and 12pm, so please feel free to come in for a cuppa and a chat or just to find some space in our busy world. One of our clergy is about for any enquiries or whatever is on your mind. Our tea and coffee are Fairly Traded.


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