Baptisms

 

What is Baptism?

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. For all involved, particularly the candidates but also parents, godparents and sponsors, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith.

The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the newChristian, promising support and prayer for the future. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with this new member of the Church.

When can we have our baby baptised?

Christening or Baptism normally happens as part of the main 10:00am Sunday Service, so that you and your child meet the Church your child is joining, and they meet you.

Usually one Sunday in each calendar month is a ‘Baptism Sunday’. This can be negotiated with the Priest - given a reasonable amount of notice this is likely to be your preferred date. Do let the office know about any special circumstances when you submit your application [relations visiting from abroad etc].

Adult baptism

We also welcome those who would like to join the church as an adult. Please contact the office so an appointment can be made with Father Iain. ALL are welcome!

Some Common Questions

When can we have our baby baptised?

Christening or Baptism normally happens as part of the main 10:00am Sunday Service, so that you and your child meet the Church your child is joining, and they meet you.

Usually one Sunday in each calendar month is a ‘Baptism Sunday’. This can be negotiated with the Priest - given a reasonable amount of notice this is likely to be your preferred date. Do let the office know about any special circumstances when you submit your application [relations visiting from abroad etc].

There are seldom Baptisms during the weeks before Easter and Christmas.

The Church particularly welcomes Baptism at Easter.

Who may be a Godparent?

Godparents promise to share with you the responsibility for the spiritual growth of your child, and to help them learn what it means to be part of Christ’s Church. So it’s important that they share your hopes and dreams, and are the kind of person you would like your child to become. As Godparents promise to bring their Godchild to Confirmation, it is helpful if they have themselves been baptised and confirmed

How often must we come to Church?

No one has the right to insist that you meet their requirements before your child is baptised. Most parents find it helpful if their child is at ease in the Church building before they are baptised, and it takes a few visits to be familiar with the service. The Stewards at the door are always ready to help if you need directions - around the service, or to the loo for a change or a feed!

After Baptism you will have to make hard decisions about how often to come to Church, and balance it against all the other opportunities you want to make for your family. The best plan is to decide on a regular pattern and stick to it.

What will it cost to have our child baptised?

The Church makes no charge for baptism - it is God’s free gift to each of us. To a Christian Baptism is the most precious thing in the world, as it makes us one with Jesus. It cost Him his life. This is His Love-gift to the most precious person in your life.

Can we hire the Parish Hall for a party afterwards?

   Yes, pending availability. Please indicate your requirements on the allocated space on the application form and we will try to accommodate you. 

For more information please contact the administrator at admin@allsaintswoodham.co.uk