Baptisms

We welcome people of all ages for Baptism.

Baptisms take place on Sundays.  We usually invite families to a service after the main Sunday service in one of our Benefice churches. We have organised a baptism preparation evening in St John's Hook on the first Weds of each month. However during the covid crisis, and continuing for the time being, your priest will visit you in your own home.  If you would like to explore Baptism for yourself or your child please contact the Benefice Office.

We welcome people of all ages for Baptism.

What is Baptism?

baby over the fontIn Baptism we thank God for his gift of life, we celebrate the birth of a child, we come to God for a new start, we become a member of the church

The water of baptism is an outward sign of the inward coming of God, and the new life that follows.

We are happy to baptise babies, children and adults. 

When are Baptism services?

baptism family  Our Baptism services take place on Sundays.

If you would like to explore a Baptism (sometimes called a Christening), then first ring the Benefice office (01256 763211), and initial details of your request will be noted.

HelperIf you have a child for baptism, you would normally attend one of the preparation evenings, which are usually held every month on the first Wednesday evening, at St John the Evangelist, Hook (RG27 9EG), at 7.30pm for one hour. You will see a video, and learn about the baptism service with other parents. OR as explained above, the priest may visit you at home following the pandemic. 

If the child being baptised has sibblings, its always nice to involve them in the service (where appropriate).

A home visit is more likely during the covid crisis to be arranged with Rev’d Marion or Rev'd Shona.

If you are an adult, then we would invite you to join a small group to ask questions, and discuss with others. Ask Rev’d Marion or Rebecca in the office for further details.

The timing, date and location of Baptism will be arranged after these initial chats.

Learning more about God

We encourage our Baptism families to learn more about God at one of our family-friendly events:

All-age service is on the 1st Sunday of the month in Hook, on the other Sundays  we have junior church.  In Rotherwick, the Family service is the 2nd Sunday in the Month. Check the Calendar for details.

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BUMPS and BABES is for pre-schoolers and infants with their Carers on Wednesdays every week in term time, 9-11am, restarting in September. FINGEPRINTS for toddlers and carers with stories and songs, every Thursday in term time, from 2-3.30pm in St John's, in term time, restarting in September. Contact Marion for more information. You are all welcome, just to try us out, or come when you can!  Messy Church’ our after-school group, once each month on Friday afternoon, restarting in church in person on Friday 17th September from 3.30pm-5.15pm. Younger age group in the church and narthex, Year 7 and upwards in the Solar Room. If you wish to have more information, contact Jennifer Martin, 07803 505265.