May God who brings us new life in Jesus Christ, fill your hearts and homes with his Spirit of never-ending love, and be with you always. Amen.
This webpage sets out this parish’s approach to baptism and gives a few guidelines for what happens next.
We are blessed with such a large number of baptism requests, that, in line with Church of England canon law, we currently have to give priority to people living in the parish or worshipping regularly at All Saints.
All those resident in the parish of Writtle All Saints are able to be baptised in the church following attendance at a preparation session (by parents/godparents).
These are held throughout the year on selected Wednesdays at 8pm when we meet together to explore the meaning of this sacrament and talk about the service. Godparents are also welcome to attend these sessions. They are relaxed and informal and a good opportunity to meet other parents from the village.
At present, baptisms usually take place on 1st Sundays of the month at the 10.45am service, however, other times can usually be accommodated with prior agreement.
Further information to help families considering baptism to understand what this Christian sacrament means can be found at www.gospelimprint.com/GI-documents/Leaflets/25-03.15-Baptism.pdf
Baptism application form
The baptism form asks for legal information for the church’s baptism register and contact information which allows us to keep in touch with you.
Please put in all the details you can before you return this form to the parish office. If you are uncertain about anything, please Email Michele and she should be able to answer any queries. The specific requests section is completed after the baptism preparation session.
Once we have a completed form, we’ll be in touch to book a baptism preparation session and a provisional date for baptism which will be confirmed after the preparation evening.
There is no fee for baptisms, though of course we’d appreciate any donations you and your guests are able to make which can help us with the substantial running costs of All Saints church. (We receive no state funding or national church grants).
If you are NOT resident in the parish or worshipping regularly at All Saints, we encourage you to seek baptism in your own local parish. This is because baptism signifies our belonging to a Christian community where we can be supported and grow in faith; this is best done locally where relationships can develop between you and the church where you live.
✝ If you feel baptism isn’t right for your child at the moment, we can offer a thanksgiving service for families with new babies and older children. Please Email Michele in the first instance to discuss this type of service with you.✝