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 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. People do not usually receive Holy Communion at All Saints’ until they have been confirmed or baptised when they are older.
There is more information on our Baptism page. If you would like to discuss Baptism or Confirmation further, please contact our clergy Revd Susan Iskander or Canon Carla Hampton - their contact details are on the Meet the Team page.
From time to time, All Saints’ invites people to join Discovery groups, where we discuss the Christian faith in a friendly, social environment, often with refreshments or a meal. The groups meet weekly for about eight weeks and are open to everyone, including those with no previous knowledge or experience, and those wanting to explore the faith in more depth. Discovery groups are also used by All Saints’ to prepare people for Confirmation. For more information please contact Revd Susan Iskander, 01245 356720, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Roger McFarland, 01245 263112, email@example.com.
Handouts for the Discovery group discussions explain some important parts of the Christian faith, and you can download them from this page. You may also be interested in looking at the Exploring Faith section of the Chelmsford Diocese website.