In baptism, which is sometimes known as christening, we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. As is the general practice of The Church of England, All Saints’ welcomes babies and young children to baptism, as well as older people.
In baptism certain promises are made. For children too young to make these themselves, parents and godparents are asked to make them on behalf of themselves and the child. They promise to do all they can to help the child as he or she grows in the faith of Christ. People belonging to other faiths may take part as friends and supporters of the child.
Anyone who lives in the Parish of Banstead may be baptised here, and so may people from elsewhere in some circumstances. The Vicar would be happy to discuss this with you, as would our Baptism Steward, Mrs Rosemary Whipp, who will help you prepare for this step (tel. 01737 359764).
If you would prefer, we also offer a Service of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child.
There is no charge for either service. But please remember that our ancient church was built for a small village, and has limited capacity; no more than 50 guests per family, please.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptised as children make a firm commitment to Christian discipleship. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the Church also asks for the help of the Holy Spirit for the confirmed person as he or she grows in faith and discipleship.
All Saints’ regularly runs courses leading towards confirmation to help people understand and deepen the faith to which they are committing themselves. We also welcome to these sessions people whose confirmation was many years ago and who now wish to refresh their faith and renew their promises. The Vicar would be happy to tell you more (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
There is no charge for this service.