Some people talk about Baptism, some about Christening. What's the difference?
It is simple; the established church tends to call it 'baptism' because that is the name taken from the Bible, whereas 'christening' is an Old English word for the same ceremony.
Baptism is a very important step for anyone to take, whether for a baby whose parents are making the decision or for an adult who has given their life to Jesus. It is the Christian religious rite of dropping water on to a person's head or of immersing a person in water, symbolising purification or regeneration and admission to the Christian Church.
There is no charge for a baptism at Two Gates Ragged School but there will be an opportunity at your own discretion to make a donation towards the upkeep of the chapel.
Font and Stand
In the late 1980’s a complete stranger knocked on the door of Mrs Hazel Clifton (former Superintendent) and said he had passed through Two Gates on many occasions and asked if he could have a look around the ‘Ragged School’. The man was an accomplished organist and spent some time playing the chapel organ.
Thereafter on occasions he visited the chapel and spent time at the organ. Many visits later he arrived and opened the boot of his car to reveal a magnificent font stand and bowl. He said that a small country church in Warwickshire was in the process of being demolished and he had rescued the font, which he presented to the school. The font was renovated and has been used at the chapel since that time.
The memorial inscription of the font reads;
“IN LOVING MEMORY OF TWO GOOD MOTHERS
WHO DIED JULY 4TH 1876
WHO DIES JULY 19TH 1892”