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Big Lottery Funding - All Saint's has received a grant towards a new bolier. Click here for a link to the big lottery funding site

A big thank you to
the lottery fund for
their help with the
extension of
All Saints' Church

 

 

 
   
BELONGING TO THE CHURCH FAMILY




In addition to the act of thanksgiving and blessing, the Family Service will be an opportunity for you to meet members of the Church Family and for them to get to know you.

A vital aspect of baptism is about becoming a lifelong member of the Church Family, and we hope that you will soon feel at home with us.

To be part of the Church Family is to be part of a community where you and your family are known, and accepted and cared for. Indeed, the very first words of the Lord’s Prayer talk about the Church Family. As we pray, “Our Father…” we are acknowledging that we are all part of his family.

Baptism marks the beginning stages of our journey of faith. It is not a journey that we travel on our own. Rather, God calls us to be part of a Church Family in which we can help and encourage one another along the way.

From the outset I would want to emphasize that as a Church Family we place a high priority on our work with children. We all know that when children are born they cannot survive on their own; they need the love and care of their family. So also, when children are born to new spiritual life in baptism, they need the love and care of a Church Family to survive and thrive. The main focus for our children’s ministry is at the 10.30 a.m. service at the Church Centre on the Ash Road. There are activities for children every week when they go to their own classes during the service.

 




There is also a special Family Service on the third Sunday of each month, and I encourage you to make attendance at this service a basic commitment for your family.

When he or she gets older, we also have a youth group for our young people who are of secondary school age. Its called KATCH (“Kids at the Church”) and it meets on Sunday evenings in term time, from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

The aim is for your child to regard going to church as a usual and natural part of his/her life, and through this s/he will feel part of the Church Family and not an outsider. It is where s/he knows s/he belongs and it is, in effect, his/her spiritual home. Your child will also know that s/he is a special member of the Church Family because we will send him/her a baptism anniversary card for the first three years after his/her baptism.


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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