Infant Baptism and Thanksgiving
Here at All Saints' we are always pleased to be asked to celebrate the birth of children and to welcome young children into God's family. This celebration is sometimes known as "baptism," and sometimes as "christening".
We offer two different services - thanksgiving or baptism - both of which take place in front of the whole congregation on a Sunday. The thanksgiving service is a great way of praying for God's blessing on a child and his/her family. It creates an atmosphere of openness to God but asks for no promises or statements of faith from the child's family. In the baptism service, parents and godparents publicly declare their faith in Jesus and their willingness to bring a child up to know Jesus within the life of the local church.
It is our policy to baptize children in our all age services at 10am on the first Sunday of the month. We ask that parents attend a couple of 'Baptism preparation' sessions before the day so that they can understand what they will be promising and so that we can tailor the service to the child being baptised.
We believe Jesus asks us to get baptised when we decide to follow him. Baptism is the service where those who have come to faith publicly declare themselves to be followers of Jesus Christ and are welcomed into the church. Adult baptisms are usually done by full immersion. As we do these in a swimming pool, we usually arrange a separate service that the church family are all invited to. Alternatively you may wish to be baptized at the font (during a Sunday service).
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptised as children make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship.
Through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the Church also asks God to give those being confirmed power, through the Holy Spirit, to live the life of discipleship.
Want to know more?
Please contact us if you would like to have your child baptised or be baptised or confirmed yourself.