The Parish of Elstree and Borehamwood opens its doors to all comers. Anyone living in the Parish can ask for a Baptism at any one of our four churches:

All Saints Church, 94 Shenley Road, Borehamwood, WD6 1EB

Holy Cross Church, Balmoral Drive, Borehamwood, WD6 2QU

St Michael & All Angels Church, Brook Road, Borehamwood, WD6 5EQ

St Nicholas Church, Elstree High Street, Elstree, WD6 3SW

Baptism (also known as ‘Christening’) is a public act of worship in which we decide to follow Jesus Christ. It is a fresh start and a turning point in our lives, the beginning of a journey. Baptism is a gift and sign of God’s love and acceptance. It is our welcome into the local and worldwide church, the family of God.

Words are spoken, prayers are said, promises are made. Water, oil and light are used as powerful symbols that speak to us of God’s cleansing, soothing, protecting and inclusive love. The congregation join us in the chance to renew their own Baptismal faith. The whole atmosphere is full of love, joy, warmth and peace.

Baptism is open to anyone of any age, it is never too early or too late to be baptised! Infants and young children who are too young to choose for themselves will, however, need three or four Godparents who can speak for them.


A Baptism can usually be arranged within a few weeks, after Baptism instruction and a rehearsal if appropriate.

Baptisms take place on Sundays, either in the main service or early afternoon.

There is no charge for Baptism, it is a free gift from God. During the service there is a chance to give towards the work of the church.

What happens?

To find out more or request a Baptism, contact Revd Louise Collins on / 0208 953 2362.