What is Baptism...
In baptism, you as parents are: thanking God for his gift of life, deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church's support,
For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from the darkness of self-centredness, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.
Baptsim is a 'sacrament': a visible sign of God's love. In baptism, apart from thanking God for his gift of life we are publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we need to turn away from the darkness of evil and to make a new start wih God.
So you want to have your child baptised ...
Anyone is entitled to have their children baptised. Most, but not all, baptisms take place during our 10.30am monthly Family Service at All Saints', Ockham (usually the fourth Sunday in the month). There is no charge other than the usual Sunday service collection.
Parents and godparents should be baptised themselves. If you are not we would be happy to discuss baptising you.
In the service, you promise that you will do what you can to bring your child up as a Christian, and we promise that we will make him or her welcome as part of the church.
We run a baptism preparation class to help you understand what is involved and to answer your questions. Revd Elisabeth Burke will be happy to tell you more about this.
There is some helpful information on baptism , becoming a Godparent and other frequently asked question on the Church of England website. Click here to find out more.
To discuss a baptism please contact :
Revd. Elisabeth Burke
Cheryl Meyrick and Brenda Pieters, the parents of Amelie Meyrick-Pieters, would like to express their sincerest thanks to Revd Elisabeth Burke for the beautiful Christening service she conducted on Sunday 3 April 2016, in St Michael's Chapel, Downside.
Not only was the sun shining on Amelie's special Christening day, Elisabeth's sermon was perfectly tailored and thoughtfully presented, in the most spectacular setting of Downside chapel; a heartfelt thank you goes out to Elisabeth for going the extra mile, for presenting a private Christening sermon for us (her third sermon of the day!) and for accommodating our specific requirements for the day.
Thank you for welcoming Amelie, through her baptism, into God's family - the start of her Christian journey!