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THE WENT VALLEY PARISHES

Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan. He is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

You and your baby’s christening

Baptism takes place in the normal Sunday worship: 9.15am at Kirk Smeaton and 10.45am at Darrington. The usual Sunday is the second Sunday in the month.

Baptism unites us with Jesus Christ. We die to sin and he died for our sins.

In baptism we make the sign of the cross on your baby’s forehead. This is done using either water or blessed oil.  You will need to take his hat off for that part of the service and for the baptism itself.

In this service the vicar prays for your child, makes the sign of the cross on their forehead and pours water over their head while saying ‘I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’.

You are allowed between two and four godparents.


You can have a baptism in Darrington or Kirk Smeaton if you live here, if your have family who live in these parishes, if you used to live here but have moved, if you were baptised or confirmed here, or if you have a grandparent buried in the Churchyard. We will also allow it if you were married here, or if you are on the Church’s electoral roll because you worship here regularly.

Please contact the vicar first to arrange a date before booking a venue for a party afterwards. At the moment, St John’s Wentbridge is not open for baptisms, sorry.

If you are in hospital and your baby is very ill an emergency baptism may take place, either with the vicar, or a hospital chaplain - ask a nurse to contact the chaplain. All that is necessary is to  say ‘I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.’ While sprinkling the baby’s head with water three times.

The baptism application form can be downloaded here.


Find out which parish you live in by following this link and entering your postcode.

You have the right to have a baptism in the parish where you live.


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