What is Baptism?
Baptism (also called christening) is the sacrament that brings new members into God’s Church. A baptism is always a joyful occasion, for the Church as well as for the family. Baptism is most often administered to infants, but anyone who has not been baptised as a child may be baptised in later life.
Who can get Baptised in our church?
For your child to be baptised in All Saints church, Wyke Regis, or St Edmunds church, Lanehouse, you normally need to fulfil one of the criteria below:
- Family to reside in the parish of Wyke Regis
- A parent to be on the church electoral roll of the parish
- A parent to be a regular worshipper at All Saints or St Edmunds church
How can I find out if I live in the Parish of Wyke Regis All Saints with St Edmunds?
Go to A Church Near You website enter your postcode in the search box, then click on your home location on the map. Your parish church will then appear on the right hand side of the page under the text, “Churches in your area”. If this shows up: “Parish of Wyke Regis: All Saints w St Edmund . This is in the Diocese of Salisbury.”, you live in our parish.
How much does it cost?
In the parish of Wyke Regis we carry out Baptisms free of charge, we issue each youngsters with a card to mark their Baptism. If parents require a more formal Baptism certificate a charge is made in line with nationally set fees.
For details of current Fees please go to our Church Fees page.
When do you do Baptisms?
Baptisms in the parish of Wyke Regis are usually carried out as follows:
- All Saints Church – 9:30am communion service on the second Sunday of the month
- St Edmunds Church – 11:00am communion service on the third Sunday of the month
As a result of trying to catch up with a backlog of Baptisms becuase of COVID restrictions, the arrangements at the current time may vary slightly.
What is the Pathway to Baptism in the Parish of Wyke Regis
We have now developed the following pathway for a family, to be introduced to the church, for the preparation for Baptism to be undertaken and for your child to begin their journey in the Christian faith.
All those to be baptised togther with their parents need to attend a Baptism preparation session. We organise these usually every other month on a Sunday morning starting at 11.15am. The date for your childs Baptism will be set at the preparation session that you attend. We can not set any dates before attendance at the preparation event.
The first Sunday of the month at 9:30am is our family service and we ask you, as parents of the child, to attend this service with your child’s intended Godparents. This is so you are familiar with attending a church service and the layout of the service, you can also ask any last minute questions you have.
In the mean time we would heartily encourage you to go and have a look at the following website www.churchofenglandchristenings.org . We also recommend that you encourage all Godparents to go and look at this site so they can be fully informed about the promises they will make on the day of your child’s Baptism.
Please note that, unless in the case of emergency such as the child or parents being gravely ill, we do require you to attend both the teaching on Baptism and the rehearsal on the first Sunday of the month.
How do I book a Baptism?
In the first instance please complete our Baptism Request Form here. We will then assess if we are able to do the Baptism. If we are able to do the Baptism a provisional booking will then be made and arrangements will be made for a Lay Pastoral Assistant to contact you, to talk about the Baptism and to fill out the relevant paperwork. It is helpful if you can tell us at this time how many people you expect to attend the Baptism so we can allocate enough seating in church.
More information is available from the Church of England website here Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
What Happens After my Child’s Baptism
Following your child’s Baptism, we would like to welcome you and them to come to our Toddler group which we hope to begin soon to run during school term time. The first session each month is called Toddler praise and it is held at All Saint’s Church. It is a great opportunity for your child to meet with, make friends and interact with other children from the church.
We will be in touch with the details of this following the Baptism and of course you can invite other parents and children along as well.