Planning a christening?
If you would like your child christened you will receive a warm welcome at All Saints Church, Wokingham.
Having children is perhaps the most momentous step in anyone’s life.
With the godparents and other members of your wider family to help, you want to nurture your child so that s/he will learn to value the gifts of life, to love and care for others, to know and to hold Christian faith as his or her touchstone through life’s journey.
The sacrament of holy baptism (christening) represents the most precious gift your child can receive – beginning to live and grow in the Spirit of God, new life as a follower of Jesus Christ , and membership of the Christian church.
In the christening service we celebrate joyfully (and usually noisily when the children are as involved as they are!) the new life your child has received.
Baptism (christening) celebrates and expresses too your hopes and prayers for your child’s life and growth in the future.
Christening services are held regularly at All Saints Church, usually on the very last Sunday of each calendar month at 3pm.
Important notice: All Saints Church will be closed for refurbishment for up to 9 months starting in 2021. This closure date will not be earlier than 31st December 2020 Please contact us for up to date details. Families planning a christening with us during the closure period will be able to hold the service in a neighbouring parish church eg St Paul, Wokingham with one of the All Saints clergy conducting the ceremony.
To arrange for your child’s baptism (christening) please contact the Parish Office at The Cornerstone in Norreys Avenue by calling in during open hours, phoning on 0118 979 2797 or emailing the Parish Office. You can use the contact form below.
Our Parish Administrator will be pleased to hear from you and advise you about the arrangements.
Once you have booked your baptism you will be invited to an Information Evening. These are held in The Cornerstone on either a Wednesday or Thursday evening. These are very relaxed sessions with all you need to know about the christening. Godparents are welcome to those sessions too.
Also you will be contacted by a member of the All Saints clergy to arrange to meet you by visiting you at home.
Normally we expect to offer baptism (christening) for families currently resident in our Parish. However if you live outside the Parish and have a particular reason for wanting the service to be held at All Saints, the Rector, or another member of the clergy, will be pleased to discuss it with you. In the same way, if you have a special and exceptional need to arrange the baptism of your child on a date other than our usual baptism service dates, we will be pleased to discuss this with you and accommodate your needs if possible.