All Saints' Mattishall and Tud Valley Benefice

A living church worshipping the living God

Baptisms and Dedications

The Church of England offers two services for those who want to commit their children to God:

  • Baptism – sometimes called christening.
  • Dedication – sometimes called a service of thanksgiving.
  • We also baptise adults and older children who want to make their own commitment to Christ.


  • Baptism is not a one off event; it’s the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. Baptism involves making promises of commitment to Christ and the church. These promises imply that you will worship with us as regularly as possible.
  • If you don’t feel able to make these commitments, you could consider having your child dedicated. Before baptism, a member of the baptism preparation team will meet with you for three sessions to prepare you for the service and to explore the commitment you will be making.
  • In order for an infant to be baptised, at least one of the parents and all of the godparents will need to have been baptised themselves. We do offer adult baptisms for those wishing to make a commitment to Christ.
  • Out of professional courtesy, we don’t usually baptise children who live outside the Benefice unless they regularly attend All Saints’ Mattishall. Baptisms usually take place during our 10:30 service, often on the first Sunday of the month. Our 10:30 service is a non-traditional service and so it is worth coming to a few services to see what they are like.


  • A service of dedication is an opportunity for you to thank God for your child and to ask God’s blessing on their life.
  • During the service, the service leader will formally name your child, give thanks for their life and lay hands on them, asking for God’s blessing.
  • Parents are not required to make promises or commitments to Christ during a dedication service.
  • You can, if you choose, have sponsors as part of the service – these act like godparents.
  • The dedication usually takes place in our 10:30 service, which is a non-traditional service.

Want to find out more?

If you want to find out more about any of these services, or you’d like an informal chat, please contact the church office.