Christenings/Baptisms and

Dedications (Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child)

In the wake of the Covid–19 outbreak, christenings/baptisms at St James’s Church have been suspended. With the easing of restrictions, however, we hope that they can be resumed from summer 2021.

If you would like to enquire about a christening/baptism, please have a word with the vicar, the Revd Ian Gallagher, on 07944 25 25 23 or via email at

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 christened 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.

If you would like to have your child christened at St James’s, know that 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 Christian and member of the church of God.

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!

Christenings or services of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child are considered gifts of God’s grace, and as such, there are no statutory 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, be in touch with the vicar, the Revd Ian Gallagher, on 07944 25 25 23, or via email at, and we can 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.