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 and then please fill out the contact form below if you are interested in booking a baptism or thanksgiving service.
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. 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 usually have two baptism families present at each baptism service. Howver, for the summer of 2020 this is being changed to one family per service. This is because only 30 guests are allowed at any one service (including the baptism family itself) and we did not want to say just 15 in each family group attending.
By 2021 it is likely tht the baptisms will be two families/baptisms at each service.
If you want to go ahead and book a Baptism service (also known as "Christening") please fill out the contact form below.
Please bear in mind that if you do not get an immediate reply it may be that the Vicar is on holiday. He will reply on his return from holiday.
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 but have a past connection with Whitstable 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.
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 feel a bit uneasy making the promises of Baptism and 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. There are no godparents with a Service of Thanksgviving. Instead there are sponsors.