Since the very beginning, the Bible tells us that people were baptised when they became Christians. The water of baptism symbolises our old life dying, and a new life beginning with Jesus. Those being baptised promise to reject evil, to ask God's forgiveness, and to follow Jesus faithfully for the rest of their lives. The whole church then welcomes them into the church family.
If babies and young children are baptised, parents and godparents make the promises for them. When they are older, they can re-affirm these promises for themselves in a Confirmation service, where the Bishop lays his hands on their head, praying that God will confirm them in the faith.
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We welcome everyone who is living in the parish to be baptised at All Saints’ (you will find a map showing the parish boundary on the How to Find Us page). We may also offer baptism to others who have a special link with All Saints’, for example if they come to our church services regularly, provided they have consent from their own local parish priest. If you are unsure about this and would like to discuss it further, please speak to Revd Susan Iskander, 01245 356720, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your children, please tell the Parish Office, and you will be invited to one of our Baptism Preparation Evenings which are held regularly throughout the year in the Church Centre. After you have been to one of these evenings, you can arrange a time and date for the baptism at the Parish Office. All Saints’ Parish Office is open on Wednesday evenings from 7.00 – 8.00 pm for baptism enquiries. If you go round the back of the Church into the Church Centre, the entrance to the office is through the first door on your left. Alternatively you can call 01245 352274 at these times, or leave a voicemail message when the office is closed.
Baptism is a serious commitment, and all those seeking baptism will be expected to come to All Saints' regularly before and after the baptism, to learn more about the Christian faith and to get to know the church community they are going to join. When adults are baptised they should be Confirmed soon afterwards following suitable preparation (see the Faith Commitment page for more information about Confirmation).
Baptism services are usually held on the fourth Sunday of each month at 12.30 pm, but may also be held at other times. In the week before the service, one of the ministers will arrange to visit you at home to discuss the final details.