If you're wondering, baptism and christening are the same thing!
At Aylesford Church, both adults and children/babies can be baptised. You would normally live in the parish of Aylesford and Eccles, but we are often asked to baptise someone who has links with the parish for example you used to live here or you were married in our Church. That is usually fine, as long as we receive the permission of your local Vicar. One question, sometimes asked too, is 'can we have our child baptised if we aren't married?' The answer is yes.
Up until lockdown, Baptisms usually took place in the Family Service on the first Sunday of each month. This was always a wonderful occasion as the regular churchgoers could be present to welcome a new member of God's family. However, with the current limit on church attendance (we can fit around 35 people in safely), such a service is not possible right now. We are, therefore, very happy to organise christenings for other times in the week - from 1pm onwards on a Sunday, or on another day if that is what you would like.
Please be aware that the limit on attendance for a baptism is currently 30, and face masks must be worn inside the church building.
Once the date for the baptism is organised, Ruth, the vicar will meet with you (or, because of the present virus restrictions, phone you) to get to know you and your family, and to talk about baptism and the service.
If you'd like to enquire about baptism for you or your child, please contact Anita (administrator) as below.
Parish Office (open Tues and Thurs, 9am - 2pm).
Tel: 01622 719366 (or 719589)