Baptism & Christening

Baptism

We are delighted that you are considering Baptism for yourself or your child and we look forward to welcoming you at All Saints’, Orpington. Our church offers baptism to everyone and we aim to make it a rewarding and memorable experience.

Baptism is the first sacrament (a visible sign of God’s love for us in which he bestows his life-giving grace upon us) instituted by Christ in Holy Scripture. Jesus was himself baptised at the start of his public ministry. He instructed his apostles to baptise others as a sign that they had turned away from their old lives to begin a new life walking with him: a life lived in love, peace and grace. Being called into this new life came to be recognised as the early Church.

Today, baptism continues to mark an individual’s entrance into the Church. At Baptism God’s Holy Spirit embraces them and fills them with grace from that moment forward into eternity. Grace is freely given by God (we can ask for it), which enables us to have the power to live a life of faith. This is marked in the service by the washing with Holy Water (Baptism) and anointing with Holy Oils (Christening).

This life-long spiritual adoption by God also requires a life changing response from each of us if it is to fulfil its full potential within us. This involves obedience to God (faith), dedicating ourselves to God through worship and commitment to his Church, which can result in charitable works in the community.

In Baptism you will make promises to God and the Church Community. If a young child is being baptised, their parents and godparents make the promises for them. They agree to commit to bringing the child up as a Christian in the life of the Church and teaching them by good example. This includes attending church with them regularly and encouraging them to attend Young Saints or other children’s groups so that they may learn more about God and be well grounded as they grow into adults.

If you are interested in having a baptism at All Saints’ Church, please contact our Parish Administrator on allsaintsorpington@gmail.com or 01689 832031. She will take your details and contact you once we are able to hold these ceremonies again.

All families are invited to attend one of our bi-monthly baptism mornings, which usually take place at 10am on the second Saturday of the month. This gives all our families the opportunity to visit the church in an informal setting where they can meet the vicar and baptism team who will explain the importance of baptism and answer any questions you may have. You will have the opportunity to book the date of your baptism at this session—they are usually at 3pm on the third Sunday of the month. 

There is no fee for a baptism, but any donations made on the day will go towards the mission of All Saints’ Church.