One of the privileges of being the parish church is being called upon by members of the community to help them mark important life events.
Usually called ‘baptism’ by Christians, this is an opportunity to commit a human life to God and make a good start at the beginning of the journey of faith. We baptise (meaning ‘sprinkle’) children and adults on a regular basis during our 10am Sunday service, or during a pre-booked afternoon service. The ceremony is rich with imagery and meaning with the three times pouring of water signifying the washing away of the past and the refreshment that comes from the Holy Spirit of God. The giving of a lighted candle symbolises Jesus the light of the world.
When children are baptised, they can have any number of godparents but we always advise that it is the suitability of an individual which really matters, rather than the overall number. Read more about baptism and becoming a godparent here. You don’t have to live in this parish to have your child baptised at All Saints’ but we do recommend you consider having the service in the parish in which you are resident. To find your parish church, visit this website and enter your postcode.
We would love to be asked to baptise your child and give your whole family the opportunity to become part of the life of the church. If you would like to find out more, the first thing we ask you to do is attend Sunday worship and we will be able to discuss your needs. Please bear in mind that our nearby church hall next door may also be available for your baptism party. If you are or know of an adult who would like to be baptised, please let us know as we would love to help make this happen.
If you do some reading about baptism and feel it is not for you or your child just yet, why not consider coming to church one Sunday for the shorter and less official “Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child”?
One way or another, we hope you will want to approach us to help you celebrate God’s gift of new life. Congratulations and God bless you!