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If you live on the Ladygrove Estate, we are responsible for your child’s christening (or baptism as it is called in the Bible). However, that doesn’t mean that it has to happen in the Ladygrove Community Centre. We appreciate that, for many, a traditional building is more attractive than the school hall where we meet and, as part of the Benefice of All Saints', we do conduct some of our baptisms there on a Sunday afternoon.
The church does not charge for baptisms. However, if you wish to have the service at All Saints' Church please be aware that they appreciate a donation of at least £25 to cover the cost of heating. lighting, etc. This sum does not apply if you have the service at the Ladygrove Church.
Well, firstly we ask you to start coming to church. In the Church of England's baptism service you will make promises to God that you will draw your child "by your example into the community of faith" and help them to take their "place within the life and worship of Christ’s Church." In other words, you are saying that you want your child to be part of the local church and for the local church to play a part in the life of your child as they grow up. We therefore believe that you need to see what we're like and what we do. You wouldn’t send your child to a school or club without checking it out first, would you?
Then we will need to arrange to meet with you to talk about your faith, what baptism means, the baptism service and how we can help you to fulfil those promises that you will make in the service.
As we are a partnership between the Church of England and the
If you decide to have a baptism at All Saints' Church, we will ask you to come to the
That's not a problem. We would rather you were honest and we suspect that God prefers you to be real with Him too. After all, the Bible is pretty clear that he knows our thoughts and our hearts and wants us to walk with him with integrity.
The church can offer you other ways for you to celebrate the birth of your child amongst your friends and family but without making commitments that you feel you are unable to keep. Talk to us about Thanksgiving and Dedication Services.
That's not a problem, although to be baptised as an adult ('believer's baptism' as some traditions call it) we would expect you to have a greater understanding of and commitment to the Christian faith. Again you will need to start coming to the
The baptism of adults usually takes place during our normal Sunday morning services. If you come from the Anglican Tradition, it may take place in any of the churches of the Wallingford Deanery as part of a Confirmation Service.
But I Want my Child Baptised At Another Church
That’s not a problem. While a child is usually baptised in the parish where they live, we realise that you may have very close family ties with another church somewhere else in the country. But please do think about how you intend to keep the promises that you will be making and please contact us to let us know of your plans.