The presence of children in our lives is a wonderful thing. For many parents, the sense of privilege and responsibility that we feel makes us want to express our thanks to God. St Mary’s Iffley is happy to help your family celebrate the arrival of young children!


Christening (or Baptism – they are the same thing!) is an essential part of what we do at St Mary’s. Our font sits right inside the entrance to the church building, and has done since 1170. It is astonishing to think how many countless generations of families have come to mark the start of their children’s journey in faith at this very spot. One little boy on a school visit thought about this for a minute and then said, “It’s like being a time-traveller. It makes you connected, doesn’t it?”

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. It is a joyful moment, and particularly for parents and godparents, it is also a solemn moment when we make serious promises about our faith and way of life.

We regularly offer BAPTISM SERVICES as part of our church life. Families preparing for Baptism at Iffley Church need to be connected to the church family in some way. For example the family:

  • lives in the parish (see postcode finder)

  • is a committed part of the congregation at Iffley

  • has signed up to the church electoral roll of Iffley church

Occasionally, we offer baptism services for families who have other connections with the parish – but this is always at the Vicar’s discretion. Examples might include the children’s parents were married at Iffley church, if either parent was baptised there, or if an older sibling was baptised there.

Usually, the BAPTISM SERVICES happen at 12noon Sundays throughout the year.

To enquire about a baptism at St Mary’s Iffley, please contact the Parish Administrator

Frequently Asked Questions

How many godparents should my child have?

Godparents are normally two of the same sex as the child and one of the opposite sex – 3 or 4 is usual. They must all be over 16 years old and have been christened themselves.

Is there a fee for christenings?

No; baptism is a free gift from God which the church is privileged to administer for families in our local community, free of charge. If you wish, you or your guests may make a voluntary donation at the end of the service, but this is entirely up to you.

Can we hire the Church Hall for a party afterwards?

Yes, this is normally possible. Please contact the hall bookings secretary at

Can grown-ups be baptised?

There is no upper age limit for baptism, so it is never too late. Many young people and adults who have not been christened as children choose to be baptised later in life, after a period of learning about the Christian faith.