Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals
Times of immense joy as well as sadness are experienced at All Saints in all sorts of ways, and some are marked by baptisms, weddings and funerals. It is a privilege to host and conduct these. We want each one to be well prepared and prayed for so that each baptism, wedding and funeral honours God and all those affected. Here is some practical information about these services.
- We have our own baptistry at All Saints used for baptism by immersion. We hold at least two such baptism services every year. Those baptised at them are usually from the age of 12 upwards. In the case of children younger than 12 who would like to be baptised by immersion and whose parents/ carers are in agreement, we would be entirely open to talking with them about that.
- Everyone baptised is prepared for it so they understand the great significance of this ‘sacrament’ – a word that means an outward sign of a spiritual truth. Baptism by immersion is preceded by three sessions focusing on what it means to belong to the church, to believe in Christ and to be committed to Him.
- The alternative to baptism by immersion is especially for children and babies. This happens in the morning service on the second Sunday of each month. It involves sprinkling the child with water. Their parents/ carers will be prepared by a visit from one of the clergy or pastoral care team so they understand what will be done and the implications of baptism both for them and their child.
- Any number of people who have been prepared can be baptised by immersion at one service. Those already baptised can renew their baptism vows at the same service, as has been carried out by our Bishop when he led a baptism and confirmation service here, in accordance with Church of England guidelines.
- When we baptise by sprinkling, we don’t baptise children from any more than two families at the same service.
This is for people who want to thank God for the birth of their child, and ask His blessing on them. The parents come to the front of the church with the child, and there are prayers, a reading, and a present given to the child from us. As a church we pray for the whole family. No specific commitment is promised by the parents.
If you would like to get married at All Saints then please contact the Church Office on 020 3637 2701. There are certain legal requirements and procedures that we have to follow before somebody gets married here. Also we like couples to have done some preparation for marriage with us first so that they know both God’s design for marriage and what they are letting themselves in for!
Funeral directors regularly ask the Vicar and Curate to take funerals. If you have some connection to All Saints and so would particularly like either the Vicar or the Curate to take the funeral either in church or elsewhere, then please let the funeral directors know of your intentions and contact the Church office on 020 3637 2701.