Jesus: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising 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)
The birth of a child is a precious gift from God and many people want to mark this with a baptism (also called christening) in church. If you are not already a regular member on Sundays, the best thing you can do is come join us and introduce yourself to Jonny.
We also baptise adults and young people who’ve come to a personal faith in Jesus Christ but who were not baptised previously.
Infant baptism is a Christian ceremony welcoming a baby or child into God’s church using water and performed in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Baptism services from henceforth will take place during our regular morning services.
Baptism is only appropriate in the context of faith in Jesus Christ. Therefore, at least one parent (and godparents if any) is required to make promises before God on behalf of their child, declaring faith in Jesus and committing to follow him through-out their life. Parents also promise to raise their child within the worship and life of the church and to teach their child the Christian gospel.
At All Hallows, because we want to help Christian parents be equipped for this responsibility, we require parent(s) to complete a baptism preparation course before a baptism can take place.
If you think baptism is not right for your child at this point in time, or you feel you couldn’t honestly make the promises required in the baptism service, or you’re not in a place where you’re able to be committed to church Sunday by Sunday, then we can offer a thanksgiving or blessing instead. This would not preclude a baptism at a later date or later in life.
Below is our infant baptism policy as agreed by the church council.
- Any person wishing to request the baptism of a child should:
- bring the child to a service to meet the church family and endeavour to attend worship regularly;
- meet with the Rector, or another appointed person, to discuss the service;
- undertake a baptism preparation course which goes over the key elements of the Christian faith that the child will be raised in;
- be seeking to follow Christ’s way, as revealed in the Bible, as they will promise in the baptism service.
- Baptisms shall take place within one of the main Sunday services where the All Hallows church family is present, except in exceptional circumstances.