Baptisms

Baptism Policy:

The Pilgrims Way Churches of St Mary & All Saints Boxley; St Martin of Tours Detling; All Saints Hollingbourne; St Margaret’s Hucking; St Mary the Virgin Thurnham and St John’s Grove Green.

1. Baptism is a sacrament, a visible sign of a new beginning, where we thank God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledge his love. In the Church of England, it’s common to baptise children as well as adults. Baptism is sometimes known as christening. Jesus himself was baptised in the river Jordan and asked his followers to continue this tradition. This note forms the current policy regarding baptisms within the parishes set out above that form the Pilgrims Way Churches group.

2. Following initial contact by the family, they will be invited to attend a Church Service to collect a Pilgrims Way Churches Baptism Pack.  Alternatively a a baptism pack can be downloaded from the website.

3. The Pack will comprise one each of:

4. We recommend families attend a minimum of four Sunday services prior to a baptism taking place. This will enable them to familiarise themselves with the congregation, style of worship and ensure they have chosen the right church to begin their journey of faith in. We strongly encourage, where possible, that both parents attend these services alongside Godparents and anyone else who will play an important role in the child’s upbringing.

5. Once the application form is completed it needs to be either handed to a churchwarden during a Sunday morning service or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  They will then be contacted to arrange a date for the baptism, which will be held in one of our Sunday morning services as follows:

              • St Mary’s & All Saints Boxley, 9am on the 1st Sunday
              • St Martin of Tours, Detling, 10:30am on the 4th Sunday
              • All Saints, Hollingbourne, 11am on the 1st Sunday
              • St John’s, Grove Green, 10:30am by arrangement

NB. Baptisms will not be held during January, August, December, Easter or Remembrance Sunday. 

6. Prior to the Baptism taking place the family, and if possible the Godparents, will be required to attend a short Baptism preparation meeting. This is an opportunity to discuss the details of the service and the promises being made, plus have any questions answered. This will usually take place during an evening either at the Vicarage or in one of the Pilgrims Way Churches.

7. Whilst there is no requirement for parents to be baptised, Canon Law (B23) requires Godparents to be baptised as a minimum. Where parents nominate an un-baptised person as Godparent, they will need to be baptised either before, or on the same day as, the child.

8. The joint PCC’s comprising The Pilgrim’s Way Churches acknowledge, in line with Canon Law /(B21), there is a prima-facie expectation those requesting Baptism will attend church services, and that Baptism will take place in the main Sunday Service.

9. Where a family request a Thanksgiving for their child in preference to a baptism, such service will be conducted in line with this policy.

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