In baptism, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Anglican Church it is common to baptise young children; this is sometimes known as christening.
Baptism is a 'sacrament' (holy ritual to symbolise grace) in the Christian tradition that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptized in the river Jordan.
All Saint's holds a monthly baptism service on the fourth Sunday of the month at 2:00pm. The service lasts around 45 minutes. We normally baptise up to four children in a service.
Baptisms at All Saint's are for those children of the parish or those who have some affiliation with All Saints.
The procedure is to attend the church office to book the baptism. Here we will take your details and, subject to availability, arrange a convenient date. We require you to attend one of our monthly information evenings and as a result there will be at least two months between booking and the baptism itself. When attending the office to book a baptism please bring with you the child's birth certificate and proof of residence.
In addition, baptised children normally have Godparents. There is no limit on the number of Godparents although the baptism register only has space for four. Those who are baptised as infants normally have to have at least three Godparents. At least two of them have to be of the same sex as the infant and one has to be of the opposite sex. If it proves impossible for there to be three Godparents it is possible for a baptism to take place with one Godfather and one Godmother. Parents can be Godparents to their own children providing there is at least one other Godparent as well.
It is a legal requirement that any Godparent MUST be themselves baptised. Anyone not fulfilling requirement this becomes a family sponsor.
General information from the Church of England Website can be seen here
The office at All Saints is open every Monday 6.45pm - 7.30pm for the booking of weddings and baptisms. You may find the following information helpful before your visit. Please enter via the small gate on Middle Street North adjacent to number 58. The vestry is on the right through the wooden doors at the top of the steps.