Christenings and Baptism
Your child is precious to you and precious to God. You want the very best for them, and so does God. You want them to make the right choices for themselves and others. So you child’s christening is the beginning of a wonderful journey with God, shared with parents, godparents, family and the local church. It’s the start of a lifetime of discovering more of faith, hope and love.
Christening is also known as “baptism”. In our churches we are always delighted to hear from parents who are thinking about having their children baptised into the family of the church. You will have an opportunity to meet one of the clergy and discuss your plans. There are no fees associated with this service, though we would welcome a donation if you feel able to make one.
Preparation for baptism includes a discussion of the commitment being made by parents and god-parents to bring their children up to know and follow Jesus Christ.
As part of the Church of England, we are organised on a parish basis. So our ministry is primarily to those living within Aston, Aughton, Swallownest and Ulley. If you live elsewhere, then we work in close cooperation with your own local parish church.
Baptism can take place at either All Saints Aston, or Holy Trinity Ulley.
Sometimes parents choose a thanksgiving service for their birth of their child, which includes prayers of gratitude for the gift of their baby, and prayers of blessing for God's grace in their lives. Baptism can then follow at a later date.
For enquiries about a baptism, please call our Baptism Co-ordinator:
Gloria Hope on 07553 504806.
Our Baptism Co-ordinator Gloria Hope.
Baptism Is Not Just For Children!
It’s fine to be baptised at any age. For adults, we ask that you would attend a short preparation course, to help you find out about the Christian faith. Adults who wish to be baptised may also wish to be confirmed so that they may share in the bread and wine of Holy Communion.
People being baptised are baptised from the 'font'; a font is a stone bowl containing the blessed (by a member of the Clergy) Holy Water for baptism and allows the sprinkling of water on the participant. The font at All Saints, Aston dates from about 1400. It was moved from under the tower to its present location in 1957. The carved figures on the base are thought to represent King Herod, intent on killing the baby Jesus and a guardian angel warning Joseph to flee with the Holy Infant to Egypt. It has the most extraordinary and beautiful carved wooden top that lifts by pulley to enable access to the font water. Christenings are also carried out at Holy Trinity, Ulley.
Aston font, dating from around 1400