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All Saints' Church

 

 

 
   
INITIAL HOME VISIT




As you prepare for the baptism of your child, one of the first things I will do is to fix a time when I can visit you in your home, and we can chat about these things.

Baptism is a foundational stage in the journey of faith. This is a journey which will last for the whole of our lives. There have been occasions when I have visited elderly people in our parish and they have taken great delight in showing me their baptism certificate from eighty years ago or more! So it is important that we have the chance to get to know one another from the outset, as we will then journey together in faith over the coming months and years.

This will also be an opportunity when you can ask any questions about the meaning of baptism, or about the practicalities of the service.


 



In addition, I will record the details that will later be written up in our baptism registers. (You may be interested to know that the registers in our parish date right back to the 1500s when King Henry VIII issued a decree that all churches should maintain parish registers.)

We will also discuss possible dates for the following stages of our baptism preparation:

* the act of thanksgiving and blessing within
   a Family Service;

* the baptism preparation classes;

* the baptism service itself;

* a date to be welcomed into the Church
   Family and to receive the baptism
   certificate.

In the following notes I will describe each of these stages in more detail.

Chapters:

† First Thoughts About Baptism
† Initial Home Visit
† Act of Blessing and Thanksgiving
† Belonging to the Church Family
† Baptism Preparation Classes
† Godparents
† The Baptism Service
† Receiving the Baptism Certificate
† Communion Services
† Young Children and Church
† Nurturing Your Child's Faith at    Home
† Other questions

To contact us:
Phone: 01474 703819
Fax: 01474 704972
Email: info@fawkhamandhartley.org.uk
The Rectory
3 St John's Lane
Hartley
Kent DA3 8ET

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