Jesus: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
The Bible: Matthew 28.16-20 (ESVUK)
Baptism (sometimes called Christening) was commanded by Jesus for all his disciples, and is a solemn but joyful undertaking to follow Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Bispham All Hallows as part of the Church of England is an Infant Baptist church along with the majority worldwide church. We baptise infants and adults; in the case of infants, the parents and godparents make solemn promises about bringing up the child to know Jesus in life and worship. If you wish to be baptised or to present your child for baptism, you need to ring the Office and arrange a provisional date and a mandatory preparation course (one evening, no charge). The date is finalised on completion of the Preparation Course.
Most people choose to have their child baptised at our 12.45 Sunday Baptism Service, where we will baptise for up to three families. Other arrangements can be made after discussion, including baptism in our 9.30am Service. If the baptism is held apart from the 9.30am Service, it is a requirement that the child’s baptism is completed with a subsequent welcome into the church family at the 9.30am Service.
Godparents, although chosen by you, are admitted to a church office, and so must be properly baptised themselves and should be Confirmed or equivalent, communicant members in good standing with their church. If you have any problems with finding Godparents, we may be able to help you find suitable people. There is normally no charge for Baptism.