Christenings and Baptisms

How Do I Go About Getting my Baby Christened?

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 Parish of All Saints', we do conduct some of our baptisms there on a Sunday afternoon.

How Much Does It Cost?

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. This sum does not apply if you have the service at the Ladygrove Church.

So What’s The Procedure?

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 a few times 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 Baptist Church, our constitution requires us to ensure that you are aware of the variety of ways of marking your child’s birth and introducing them to Christianity. Our aim is not to change your mind but to make sure you understand what you are asking for and the implications of the promises you make.Obviously we will also arrange the date of the baptism and discuss the practicalities of godparents, etc.

If you decide to have a baptism at the Parish Church we will ask you to come to the Ladygrove Church after your child’s Baptism to receive the Certificate and allow the rest of the church to welcome your child into the “Family of God”.

What if We Don't Feel We Can Make Those Promises?

That's not a problem. We would rather you were honest and we suspect that God also prefers you to be real with him. 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.

What if an Adult Wants to Be Baptised?

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 Ladygrove Church first and then we can arrange to meet up with you to talk about where you are in your walk with God, your options and the declarations that you will be making.

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.


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