A Family Baptism

Baptisms are wonderfully happy occasions - to celebrate the arrival of a new member of the family, and even more to celebrate the love that God has for us.  Sometimes baptism is also called Christening - they are exactly the same thing.

Here at St Lawrence and St Saviour, we believe a child becomes part of the great family of God’s Church, which is why baptisms are usually within a service of worship at 10.30am on the first Sunday of the month. We recognise and support the commitment of families who wish to worship here and become part of our fellowship. We would like to encourage all families whose children are being baptised to come and join us regularly both before and after their special baptism day.

Each month we limit the number of baptismal families to two to ensure it feels special to them and that there is plenty of space in church for relatives and friends, so do please book ahead.

Can we come for Baptism?

The answer is always yes. There are two ways of qualifying:

  1. At the parish churches of Chobham and Valley End, it is our privilege to baptise the children of parents living within our own parish.
  2. We also baptise the children of those who are regular Sunday worshippers here, even if they live outside the parish. Regular worship means at least monthly attendance to our morning services, or our afternoon children’s Tea Service, for three months. Once you have made such a commitment then we can look at dates and book you in.

If you are not sure whether you live in the parish, you can use this postcode checker at www.achurchnearyou.com

Is it just for the children?

Absolutely not!  Often it's the parents of those children who are coming for baptism, and also those who have begun to come to church and realise that it's a good way to mark their new faith. 

How can we get started?

Firstly, take a look at the Church of England special website for baptism and christenings: churchofenglandchristenings.org   There is a lot of information about everything involved, including godparents, and what happens on the day.

Secondly, call Vicar Dan, who will be able to answer all of your question and to discuss dates. You can find the contact details here.