04 November 2015
Church of England promotes christening at national Baby Show
The Church of England took part in the national Baby Show at Olympia in October, highlighting opportunities to christen children, alongside the launch of their new website, a central resource for parents, godparents and guests exploring what it means to have a child christened.
The Rev Kate Bottley, from Channel 4’s Gogglebox, was part of a team of vicars on the Church of England stand, which also included a font and a chance to take part in a prayer workshop. Rev Bottley said: “I'm really excited to be on the CofE christenings stand here at the National Baby show.
“It's got a great atmosphere with lots of soon to be mums and dads, plus a few who've brought children with them. It's lovely to be talking about God's love and blessing on the amazing journey which we can share with them.”
The team were able to spend some time answering questions about christenings, what it means for the child and the family and friends at the beginning of a journey of faith.
They were made the most of the opportunities social media provides for sharing information, encouraging people to think about christening by sharing news, views, and photos, and answering questions on Twitter.
Every week 2,200 children are baptised in the Church of England.
The Rev Dr Sandra Millar, head of projects and developments for the Archbishops’ Council, spoke about the desire to make the process of coming to talk to the church about their children more accessible for parents and making the most of the opportunity that The Baby Show offered: “Welcoming children and families as part of the world-wide family of God is a joyful, celebration for everyone involved.
“It's exciting to have the opportunity to talk to thousands of parents this weekend and help them discover that wherever they live there is church to welcome them.”
You can find out more about christenings in the Church of England on their new website - www.churchofenglandchristenings.org.