Baptism

Baptism

If you are looking at this page, you may be thinking about baptism for yourself or one of your children (otherwise known as a Christening). If so, we’re delighted that you’ve made it this far 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 told his followers to baptise others as a sign of their entry into his church and that they had turned away from their old direction in life to begin a new life walking with him: a life lived in love, peace and grace. Jesus was so passionate about the Church that he referred to it as ‘His’ Body.

Today, baptism continues to mark an individual’s entrance into the Church. At Baptism God’s Spirit descends on them and his Grace enfolds them from that moment forward and for all eternity. This is marked in the service by the washing with Holy Water and anointing with Holy Oils.

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 church children’s groups so that they may learn more about God and be well enough informed to make their own minds up when they become adults.

 Unfortunately, we are unable to hold baptisms at the moment due to the government guidelines for Covid.  However, 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.