Christenings and Baptisms

What is Baptism (Christening)?

The Baptism or christening of children or adults is a time of great joy and celebration.  Baptising people is something that Jesus said we should do if we want to live the Christian life.  Following Jesus’ teaching involves loving people, no matter who they are, and wanting to learn more about God who created us in his likeness.  It is the time when people become members of a very special family – the family of the Church.  Like all families we are excited to welcome brand new members and the worldwide church also rejoices that you bring your child or yourself to be baptised.

What happens?

In the service the minister makes the sign of the cross, with holy oil blessed by the Bishop, on those being baptised – it is a sign of belonging to Jesus. Water is sprinkled over the child – the actual baptism – sins are washed away to be replaced by the goodness of God’s spirit.  Parents and godparents also make public promises to help the child grow up to know God.  It is a big responsibility for parents and so godparents are chosen who will take an interest in helping with this.  At All Hallows every effort is taken to help parents who enquire about Baptism because it is only the beginning of something very special.

Who can be baptised at All Hallows?

Anyone can be baptised provided that they have not been baptised before and live within the parish boundaries of Harthill and Woodall.  We do expect families to attend our informal family service on the 4th Sunday of the month at 10:45am. All Hallows exercises a pastoral care over all those who live within the parish boundaries.  It is your church and we are delighted to baptise children and adults of any age.  We will also baptise those who live outside of the parish but have a strong connection with All Hallows.

Who will take the Service and when does it take place?

Rev Gary Schofield, the Priest in charge will normally conduct the service.  Baptisms usually take place on the 4th Sunday of each month during the morning service at 10:45am.

What does it cost?

Baptism is completely free! Our God is generous with his love and the church also likes to be generous at this happy time.  your child will receive a baptism candle – this reminds us to show god’s love and light at all times – and a certificate to mark this special day.  We do suggest a £25 donation towards the mission and ministry of the church when booking but this is not compulsory.

How do I arrange a baptism?

Visit any of our Sunday services which are held at 10:45am and ask to speak to Revd. Gary after the service when refreshments are served. Children and babies are welcomed at all of our services. Alternatively, you can phone the vicarage on 01909 771111 and leave a message for Revd. Gary.

Check out this useful link for parents and godparents