VIDEO: Prayer petals in the font

Rev Canon Sandra Millar
There's lots of creative ways to involve the congregation in praying for a child being baptized. Here's one example from ...

Start conversations with the Christenings Tree

The Revd Rob Marsh
I recently led an outdoor service for Pentecost and the Church had a presence at the village carnival. I wanted ...

A Service Booklet for Baptism with Holy Communion

Revd Chris Bessant, Vicar in Surrey
This is the service sheet I've put together and used for the last two years or so. The service usually ...

Baptism Bears

The Revd Simon Cutmore
    We have reasonably recently started giving Baptism packs to the families of the children we baptise. The packs include a ...

New prayer website

Projects Team
Justpray.uk encourages people to give prayer a try, with resources, live online prayers and links. Helpful for those ...

Plates with pictures!

Rev Rob Marsh
I created a series of paper plates, with pictures and messages on them Pictures were: water, cross and a candle Messages written on ...

Talking about baptism using ‘The Lion King’

Gill O'Neill, priest in Southwark Diocese
I have used the opening sequence to 'The Lion King' – when the infant Simba is presented for a kind ...

New lyric set to classical music – used at a baptism

Nottingham poet and lyricist Don Read
Among other things, I write lyrics to classical themes, and some years back I wrote a lyric called 'Child' to the ...

Who are the candidates?

Vicar, Gloucester Diocese
I invite parents to write a brief paragraph about their child based their personality. Very often parents add significant details ...

VIDEO: Luggage label prayers

Rev Canon Sandra Millar
Here's a really simple idea from the Revd Canon Sandra Millar, Head of Projects & Developments, about how families can ...

Baptism box

Ruth Harley, High Wycombe
This is my Baptism Box, which I use when preparing children age 3-10 (ish) for baptism. These are children who ...

Pudding & Pamper Evening

Natalie Andrews
St Mary in Charnwood Church, Nanpantan, Loughborough ran a Pudding and Pamper Evening for expectant mothers and mothers of babies ...

Baptism mini colouring book

Revd Shanthi Thompson
This is a simple colouring book for primary-aged children who come to a baptism. It doesn't explain everything but it offers ...

Lavabo towel alternative

Andrew Dotchin
Instead of using a small Lavabo towel to dry young ones' faces after baptism, a member of the congregation decorates ...

Renewing baptism vows with rose petals

Rob Marsh
At a recent training day with Sandra Millar in Leicester, I have used an idea she shared that has been ...

Prayer board

Anne Le Bas
To help the congregation keep praying for the children baptised at Seal, we made a prayer board which has clear ...

The Best Gift – aka ‘The Dog Story’ – an idea for Christmas services

The Revd Canon Sandra Millar
This short, humorous presentation is ideal for a Christmas service which includes young children, or, it could be used in ...

Baptism Doves

Ally Barrett
Our children’s chapel kids make these as a gift for babies or children being baptized in our church, and present ...

Prayers for Godparents’ Sunday

These are some prayers which may be especially suitable for Godparents' Sunday, 30th April 2017. For all: Loving God, If we are parents, ...

Introducing ‘the Baptingle’

Photo and article supplied by Ruth Hewitt, Church Community Worker, Church in the Park, parish of Christ the King, North Gosforth, Newcastle
In February 2015 we had the very first baptism in the new church plant, the Church in the Park, in the ...

Baptism talk to engage the very young

CBeebies character Iggle Piggle and friends are used in this idea for a baptism talk that appeals to very young children. Use ...

A baptism shawl as a symbol

Anne Le Bas
The Baptism service has provision for the "clothing" of the newly baptised person. I wrap a child in a white ...

Christening service sheet for children

Anne Le Bas
I have put together a special sheet which I give out to child guests at christenings, explaining the various parts ...

Praying Together card for parent and baby

Ellie Wilson, Under 5's Adviser, Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales
This Praying Together card compliments the second part of the booklet 'Prayer ideas with babies' and enables a parent ...

‘Counting Christmas’ prayer idea

The Revd Canon Sandra Millar
This very simple prayer idea uses aspects of the Christmas story to pray.   Invite everyone to hold out their whole hand, ...

Encouraging grandparents

Children’s Worker Ester van Dijk, from the parish of Leatherhead, has been interested in the role of grandparents in children’s ...

Baptism breakfast for prep

Liverpool vicar
A couple of weeks ago we had our first Baptism Breakfast and it was good! We advertised in and around church ...

Using Posada to build community over Advent

Originating in Hispanic countries to celebrate the nativity story, Posada is a period of time during Advent when figures from ...

‘Refresh’ – one way of inviting families back to church

The Revd Sid Bridges
Around 60 families a year bring their children for christening at Holy Trinity, Orton Longueville and St Mary’s Orton Waterville ...

Personalised baptism candles

Jeremy Fagan
I present to every child a personalised baptism candle with their name, date of baptism, the name of the church, ...

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Staying in touch by email

Anne Le Bas
I collect (with permission*) parents' and godparents' email addresses when I book a christening. I then send godparents an email ...

Keep in touch with contacts by e-newsletter

Rev Bryony Taylor
One good way in which you can keep in touch with people who you meet through the occasional offices is by ...

VIDEO: Baby Socks and Shoes

The Revd Dr Sandra Millar
I originally developed this idea for a baptism that took place at Epiphany. I was thinking about gifts and journeys ...

Using words from Methodist baptism as extra

The Revd Dr Sandra Millar
Occasionally, I have used some words that are in the Methodist baptism service, at the part which addresses the child:- “...for ...

Prayer ideas with babies

Ellie Wilson, Under 5's Adviser, Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales
Attached is a booklet available in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, designed for churches to give to ...

Posada Storybook

The Revd Mark Abrey
During Advent families from villages of our Benefice take part in a Posada. Posada – Spanish for “shelter” – is a ...

Palm Cross Prayer

Life Events Team
  On Palm Sunday everyone will be given a palm cross to take away. Here’s a simple prayer idea to use ...

Follow the Advent Star back to church

Rev Natalie Andrews
St Mary in Charnwood church, Nanpantan, Loughborough have used the Nativity scene invitations to personally invite our Baptism families to ...

Using toys to engage children

Yvonne
To encourage engagement for the children, I take a bag of soft toys that I’ll use in my talk eg ...