Informal Chats during Vestry Hour at All Saints' Church, Walsoken.
Vestry hour is what we call the hour on Wednesday evenings when the Rector will be available in our Church for informal discussions. Vestry hour is between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, this allows time to deal with various enquires from parishioners.
No appointment is necessary so you can just “drop in” to Church and talk to the Rector regarding arrangements for Baptisms or Weddings. These are the main issues which are usually dealt with in Vestry Hour, you may also wish to discuss the options for Confirmation or the Blessing of a wedding or perhaps the reading of Banns.
What happens during the Christening service?
Your child's baptism will normally take place during the main Sunday service (usually in the morning). This is so that your child can be seen to be joining the family of the Church and be welcomed into membership. In turn the Church will promise to support and pray for you and your child.
The priest will make sure you know where to sit and when you need to move. Some parts of the service will be for the whole congregation to join in, some will be for you and the godparents.
Part of the baptism service will normally take place at the front of the church, but for the baptism itself, parents and godparents are usually be asked by the priest to gather around the font. (The font is a large basin on a pedestal, containing the water for baptism.)
The priest will ask the parents and godparents to make declarations on behalf of the child (see Making decisions and promises).
Making decisions and promises
When you bring your child for baptism, you will be asked to declare publicly on behalf of your child that you believe in God and that you will bring your child up to follow Jesus.
You will be asked to answer, on your child's behalf, that you have decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ.
The declarations made by you and the child's godparents will be made in front of the church congregation; the local Christian community will promise to support you and pray for you and your child.
When the Rector is
not available, the Lay Reader or a Church Warden will be present in
the Church during Vestry Hour .