A baptism (often known as a Christening,) is a moment of celebration and commitment and is open to anyone of any age. Whether you have recently had a baby, have older children or are thinking about baptism yourself you are welcome to explore that with us.
You can find out lots of helpful information at https://churchofenglandchristenings.org
What is a Christening?
For infants and children a Christening service is a celebration of their arrival and the new life of joining a family. Parents and Godparents make promises on behalf of the child and through baptism make a commitment to bring them up as followers of Jesus Christ.
For adults the promises of baptism are made for themselves and mark a moment of public commitment to the Christian Faith.
Where can a baptism take place?
Baptism normally takes place in the parish church where you live and anyone can ask to be baptised at their local parish church. To find out which parish you live in put your postcode into www.achurchnearyou.com.
Because the promises of baptism indicate a desire to be formed by the Christian faith, it is important there is a connection with the local church community. Baptism is not supposed to be an isolated event but part of a journey of faith in which worshipping in the church will be an important ingredient now and in the future. If you don’t live in the parish and have not begun to worship with us regularly please talk to our Rector who will explore the possibilities with you.
When does a baptism service take place?
In this parish baptisms normally take place once a month on a Saturday followed by a welcome to the church family at one of the main Sunday services. Two of three times a year baptism takes place during the main Sunday service.
Is there a cost?
No! There is no charge for a Christening service. You are welcome to come just as you are. However if you would like to make a financial gift to support the ongoing presence of All Saints church it is gratefully received.
So what next?
If you would like to explore this further please contact the Parish Office or come along one Sunday and speak to Revd. Wendy.