Becoming part of the Christian family around the world through the ceremony of baptism is one of the most important choices we can make either for ourselves or for our children. Christening is another name for this same service which takes place only once in a lifetime. It is a time for celebration and commitment. Often this service is conducted for infants, with parents and godparents making the promises on their behalf. But we are finding an increasing number of adults who were not christened as children deciding to be baptised, so they make the promises for themselves.
We conduct baptisms in all three of our parish churches – Orsett, Bulphan or Horndon on the Hill. Baptisms normally take place in the parish where you live unless there is a strong connection to another church. If the baptism is taking place here and you live elsewhere, we ask that you request permission from your local vicar first.
Baptisms take place during the Family Service at Orsett, on the second or fifth Sunday of the month; at the Family Service at Horndon on the third or fifth Sunday of the month and during Morning Praise at Bulphan on the fourth Sunday of the month.
Baptisms are public services, rather than private ones, where the person being baptised is welcomed into, and supported by, the church family. But because of the size of our churches and the number of guests often invited we try to keep the limit to two family groups at any one service.
For children being baptised, godparents are chosen. Usually this would be two godfathers and one godmother for a boy, and two godmothers and one godfather for a girl. Each godparent should normally have been baptised, as there are important Christian promises that they make on behalf of the child. If the person you would like to have as a godparent is not already baptised, please have a chat with the clergy and we may be able to arrange for their baptism as well.
How do we arrange a baptism?
Please contact the relevant Baptism Coordinator for the church in which you wish to hold your baptism.
Shortly before the day of the baptism, one of the clergy will arrange to make a home visit to explain the service and answer any other questions that you might have about church life.