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Baptism and Thankgivings

Baptism FAQ's & Baptism Preparation Evening

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What’s the difference between Baptism and a Christening?

Baptism is the service in church which many people call a “Christening”.
This is when someone, often a baby is welcomed into the church community, but adults also come to receive baptism too.

What do I have to do to arrange for a Baptism?

Speak to Malcolm (the Vicar) after a service, contact him on 01327 314428 or email him via this site.

We don’t live in one of the Parishes, does that matter?

It’s good to be welcomed into your local Christian community. If you don’t live in one of our parishes then we ask that you contact your local Church of England vicar and get his or her permission for the service to take place here. This is simply a matter of courtesy. The communities we cover are: Badby, Newnham, Charwelton, Fawsley and Preston Capes.

We don’t normally come to church, is that going to be a problem?

No, but we do ask that you attend two services before the baptism so that you and your family feel part of the Church community which you or your child is being welcomed in to.

I’m not baptised, can I still have my child done?

This isn’t a problem, although Godparents do need to have been baptised.

I’m a single parent, is that a problem?

Absolutely not.

We’re not married, will you still baptise our child?

If you’ve had a child together and you’re wanting to commit him or her into God’s care, it sounds like you’re in a pretty stable and long term relationship.
Not being married isn’t a bar to your child’s baptism, but if you’ve got their long-term welfare at heart, maybe now is a good time to think about committing yourselves as a couple into God’s care too.

When do you do Baptism Services?

We only do Baptisms as part of a normal Sunday Service.

What will it cost?

Nothing although some families like to make a donation to the church.

What if I’m not sure that I actually believe in God?

Good question. Sometimes the pressure to have a child baptised comes from outside – parents, friends, relatives e.t.c.
If you’re not sure that you’d feel comfortable publicly declaring a faith in God that you haven’t got then we offer a Service of Thanksgiving and Naming. This is an authorised Church of England service where your child will be named and given thanks for but where there are no expectations placed on you and where your child is also then at liberty to make their own decision about following God for themselves when they have grow up a little.

What happens next?

Have a word with Malcolm and book in on the next Baptism Introduction evening. These take place every three months and explain what Baptism is all about, what will happen at the service and give you a chance to ask any questions too – don’t worry, it's not scary. Please book in at least 24 hours before a Baptism introduction evening is due to take place if you are intending to come as evenings will be cancelled if there are no bookings.
Click here to download our Baptism Application Form and bring it with you to the Baptism Introduction evening.

Baptism Introduction Evenings this year

You must have attended an introduction evening before the baptism or thanksgiving can take place. There are four Baptism Preparation Evenings per year.
The next Baptism Preparation evening is Monday 16th May 7.30pm on Zoom. Please fill in your details below to register.

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Malcolm Ingham, 17/01/2021
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet in five Church Buildings - well, six including a small chapel (details below) for our Sunday Services. Currently we are running a "Recovery Stage" plan of services as we return to our buildings after Lockdown, you can find it here. Take a look at the online diary to see what service is happening where and when. We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you find a parking space and somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone and handed anything you need to guide you through the service.

Some of our churches serve tea, coffee and biscuits following the service so don't dash off, it is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 
Visit the Our Churches page and click on the name of the church you want, at the bottom of the page you will find a what3words link which will open a map showing you precisely where the church building is.

Alternatively, Open Google Maps

Accessibility: If you need assistance, please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in Badby church.

Our Service

The main service begins with a warm welcome from one of our team members. The service might be led by Malcolm (our Rector) or one of the Ministry Team or even a visiting member of clergy. We will sing a hymn or song, hear a short passage read from the Bible and the leader will then explain what that passage is all about - how God speaks to us through his Word and how we can apply it to our lives. We will pray and join in some responses (you don't have to if you don't feel it is appropriate) and there might be a short symbolic meal called Communion. During the service, there may be a baptism which is when we welcome someone into our Church fellowship and family. Of course, you don't have to do any of these things, they might seem strange the first time you encounter them, so take your time and don't feel any pressure.

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What about my kids?

Children and young people are very welcome in our church buildings and services.

Children stay with their parent or grown-up throughout the service and we really value worshipping God all together as a family.


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Soon we will be starting up a Fellowship Group where we can explore together what it means to be a Christian today, discover what God has to teach us through the Bible, pray for one another , share our hopes and hurts and hopefully (when restrictions permit) also great cake and coffee. Being part of a small group like that will allow you to make new friends, share together and support each other.  Check out Small Groups and see if it would be a good time for you could join, or we can put you in touch with the Fellowship Group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays and week day events run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team, why not speak to someone on the welcome team at church. 

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
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Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.


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Revd Malcolm Ingham   Liz Ingham
Malcolm was born in the North West and then trained in the South West, and Midlands before working just about everywhere. He once worked in an advertising agency in London and then for several national and international mission agencies. He is married to Liz with two grown up children and loves walking, music and bizzarre films (according to the rest of the family).   Benefice Administrator
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

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