We warmly welcome anyone interested in booking a baptism (also known as "christening") at All Saints church. We also welcome those who choose not to have a baptism ("christening") but who are interested in having a "Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child" service.
Please read on to find out about both
Baptism is an important entry point into the Christian family and represents a very important spiritual moment in the baptised child or adult's life.
BOOKING BAPTISMS (also known as "Christening")
Baptisms or "Christenings" take place on the first Sunday afternoon of each month. It is usual for there to be two baptisms at each service. They take place at 3pm, 3.45pm and 4.30pm. As we have a large number of baptisms a year we cannot offer other weeks in the month as this would mean our volunteers who help with the service would be out every Sunday afternoon. We do hope you understand.
PLEASE NOTE - we have two baptism families present at each baptism service. So please bear in mind there will be another family present who is coming to have their child or children baptised too.
If you want to go ahead and book a Baptism service (also known as "Christening") please contact the Vicar Simon preferably by email at but if this is difficult by mobile phone 07833 448287.
Please note: Simon, our vicar, is unable to book or pencil in possible dates for baptisms by email or telephone. The reason is that he does not look after the baptism bookings folder at home.
He will though find out what dates you are interested in, (only first Sunday in each month is possible) all depending of course on the current restrictions due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
Baptisms are currently "on hold" but dates for later in 2020 and in 2021 can be booked now on the assumption that the situation will have improved a lot by then. We can always move the date later if necessary.
There is no charge for a baptism service.
DO YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE PARISH OF WHITSTABLE?
If you live or have lived in the past in the parish of Whitstable, it is fine for you or your child to be baptised (christened) here.
If you live elsewhere please can you contact your local vicar first before contacting us, just to check he or she is happy that you come to us for the service. We do not expect you to bring a letter from the vicar of your home parish, this is entirely on trust.
At All Saints you do not have to be married to have your child baptised, although we are obviously keen that you do consider marriage as we believe it provides the best context in which to raise children.
Before you come to book your baptism, have a think about who you would like to be godparents for your child. The average number of godparents is three per child, though there is no set maximum. Each godparent should be 18 years old or more.
THANKSGIVING FOR THE GIFT OF A CHILD OR BAPTISM?
If you would rather have a Thanksgiving for your child rather than a Baptism that is fine. The Vicar is much more keen that you do what feels right for you than feel under pressure in any way to do what is traditionally the norm.
So why not think about the "Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child"service?
The vicar will discuss this with you and explain the difference.