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Design Your Own Baptistry

We make the pools off timber moulds, so we can make changes very easily.  So, once you’ve made sure you have the space and it will get in the building, what can you design?

Going back to getting the baptismal in the building, we can make pools in two sections which then join together at installation.  This might be useful if there are narrow doors, corridors or stairways to negotiate.

Based on the dimensions  churches keep asking for, the space needed to baptise someone is 2.1m long by 1.5m wide and about 1.2m deep.  This gives space to baptise a tall person and have two helpers in the pool.  The water can be filled to about 1m deep.

You can either have the steps jutting out from this tank or, if the tank is made larger, the steps can be inside.  An important thing to know is that the depth of the pool (1.2m for example) becomes the extra length you have to add on for the steps.  So, if the central baptismal area of the pool is 2.1m  long, a set of steps would make the whole pool 3.3m long.  The deeper the pool, the more of your baptistry you have to use for steps!

The steps can be the full width of the baptistry tank or just, say, 1m wide.  One set of steps is the most frequent choice but many churches have two sets of steps.  The steps usually go on one of the short edges because this makes it easier to transport and fit into he buildings.  Steps can go on the long sides to make a T-shape or a cross-shape.  Steps can  go anywhere.  If space is tight, the steps can inside the baptistry – one church had two sets of steps coming down the back wall of the tank that met in the middle so it felt like people were coming on stage.

When it comes to size, the real limits are the access into he building, transport costs and the lids!  Once the baptistry gets above 1.5m wide, the way the lids have to be made changes a bit and this makes them a bit heavier and a little bit more expensive.

Now for filling and emptying the pool.  When it comes to emptying a pool, many churches can’t use a plug and drain the water away because, once the baptistry is in the ground, it is too low down.  Not a problem.  We make the baptismal with a small sump in one corner.  A submersible pump and pipe can be used to pump the water out and into a drain.   We can fit in with however you want to fill or empty your pool.  If you want taps and overflows, this is not a problem – we can mould in recesses to fit and, better still, it has no cost implication.  Filling and emptying a baptistry is one of those topics best sorted early on in the project.  Please give me a call as I’m happy to chat.

Post Easter offers

Just to announce – after Easter is usually the time when Ruth has exhire baptistries that are on offer.

Current special offers

We have some really great deals available – only while stocks last, so if you’re interested, get in touch straight away!

Our Galilee is a great option for quick set up and keeping the water warm for hours.

Galiliee

We have one last refurbished Galilee Baptistry on offer.  A vimeo of the celebration of 20 baptisms is free to view here.

Just £1300 plus VAT gets you a Galilee and your equipment. This pool can be filled from a hot tap, but a heater if you require one is just £280 plus VAT (£336 in total). Delivery is free if payment is made before delivery.

The standard Galilee is 7 foot long and 5 foot wide and 68cm deep. It comes in 6 pieces that wingnut together very easily. The pool is robust and insulated: the water can hold its temperature for many hours when the covers are on.

We can even offer a payment plan if you’d prefer: £900 before delivery then the remainder in 7 monthly payments of £103.21. There is no free delivery with the payment plan but delivery is included in the costs given.

 

Nonagon and Croydon limited edition new baptistries: our most popular baptistries combining a spacious design with compact storage and easy set up

Nonagon flatpack baptistry

Our Nonagon is made of nine panels, the Croydon has an extra panel for more space.

We’re very lucky that one of our semi-retired British makers is making a few baptistries at a discount. We have two in stock in a neutral cream colour.

This means you can have a six foot Nonagon baptistry for just £1350 plus VAT including all equipment and a 2.4 heater heater – saving £450.

A seven foot Croydon is just £1550 plus VAT including all equipment and 2.4 heater – saving £450.

If you are not in a hurry he can also make the baptistry in the colour of your choice choosing any colour from the RAL card system. These baptistries have a lovely highly polished reflective surface.

Delivery is free if payment made before delivery. Or take advantage of our payment Plan: Nonagon, £900 before delivery then 7 monthly payments of £114.30; Croydon, £900 before delivery the 7 monthly payments of £142.85.

 

Our smaller Hexagonal pool at an amazing price

hexagon special offer pool

Our beautiful real wood baptistry has served well as a hire model and now needs a forever home. At five feet in diameter and including all new equipment and liner it is available at just £650.

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t see what you need, you can find our full list of all our baptistries here. If you’d like to know more or want something a little different, just give us a ring on 0345 230 1381. With over a decade’s experience, we’ll help you find the right solution for your church.

Why you ring 0345 230 1381

Telephone operators, 1952

0345 numbers were released in 2007 to create new phone numbers that weren’t linked to a particular area, unlike the previous 01- and 02- codes.

For us, having an 0345 number means that we can staff our phones at all times, no matter where everyone is. It means that you won’t miss us, whatever happens: if the phone lines are down or one of us is off sick we can adapt and make sure your call still gets through.

However, because some phone number types have high charges, we’re aware that numbers other than 01- or 02- can worry people. So we want to reassure you that we cannot legally make any money from the 0345. It costs you the same as an 01- or 02- number. We have tried some other alternatives in the last six months but they’re not stable enough to rely on. It’s simply a practical solution that helps us make sure you can always get through.

Occasionally we come across a customer who would rather not use our 0345 number. It’s not a problem and if that’s the case for you, just ring our mobiles or email us and we can organise an alternative number for you to use.

There’s some reassurance about how 0345 numbers work on the Area Codes website: http://www.area-codes.org.uk/0345-numbers.php

“All phone numbers beginning with 03 work in the same way. Although they differ from traditional landlines by not being linked to any specific location, they cost the same to call – this is a legal requirement put in place by the UK telephone regulator, Ofcom.”

New Wooden Baptistry – ‘The Violin’

Violin baptistry first ever(2)

Squeaks? Don’t fret…

Squeaks when you walk over your permanent installed Baptistry are pretty rare, but a few things can cause them and there’s some easy solutions, so there’s no need to fret.

Firstly, take a peek at where the baptistry and lids meet. If there are signs of abrasion, that’s likely to be where the noise has come from. On very wide pools, there can be a little flex in the lids and – while there’s no problem functionally – where there’s movement there can be a squeak.

As Baptistry UK’s owner is also an experienced church treasurer, we know you’ll appreciate a simple and cheap “hack” that will deal with the problem straight away. A small amount of vaseline (or any non-brand petroleum jelly…) works wonders when applied to the area that has caused the squeak.

For any really persistent squeaks, a thin foam padding may be the answer – although, as our lids are well fitted, do check that there is room to add foam to the seal. You can always talk to us too, with years of experience, we’ll work through the right solution for you.

Peace at last!

Special offer on Elim baptistry

Elim BaptistryThe ‘Elim Standard’ is on offer until Easter 2015.  This tank, 11′ long, 5′ wide and 4′ deep, comes free with reinforced lids for £6000+delivery.  The ‘Elim Compact ‘ 3m long 1.5m wide and 1m deep (only the British could mix their units so happily!!) is on offer for £5800.

All our baptismal tanks are insulated as standard.

Contact David at BaptistryUK +00 44(0)345 230 1381

Piping up about pipes

We’ve a short blog today to share our thoughts on different kinds of piping. There are three main types: lay flat pipe, hose pipe and crushproof pipe. So what are the pros and cons?

Lay flat pipe is what you’ll find when you hire a baptistry from us: it makes your postage cheaper as they’re lighter and flatter to transport. However, we replace them regularly as they don’t have a long shelf life. So we’d suggest a lay flat pipe if storage space or the ability to transport the baptistry are your main concerns.

Hosepipe is the easiest to source and you may already have a hosepipe to hand. It maintains water pressure and is made from durable material so it works well.

Crushproof piping will last longest, it’s tough and durable and doesn’t usually kink. It comes in 30 metre rolls so it’s best if your toilet or drain is some way from the baptistry. However, it is the most expensive piping of the three.  Where crush-proof really excels is in emptying the pool with a pump, you still need a hosepipe to fill it.  It allows the pump to get up to full speed because there are no kinks to stop the water.

You can also upgrade from lay flat to crushproof piping for £15 when you hire a baptistry from us.

We’re here to talk if you want to ask anything specific about your booking, just ring us on 0345 230 1381.

Special Hire Offer


Nonagon and Croydon flat-pack baptistries are £165 if booked before Christmas!croydon sm Croydon 10 sided baptistry Contact Ruth 0345 230 1381.Croydon 10 sided baptistry

What are my options to fix a leaky baptistry?

We share David’s advice from on his many years working out solutions for our customers. This advice covers common problems encountered with concrete and tile pools. If you have a lead-lined pool, it’s better to get in touch directly.

Most of the older baptisteries that we come across are tiled concrete. They do look impressive when installed, but eventually they begin to leak and they aren’t easy to fix. That’s why we use a more reliable glass reinforced plastic (GRP) liner.

Some of your options are determined by what conditions you currently have. Does the existing pool have steps? Can they be removed? Is there any access to the outer or undersides of the tank? The dimensions of the existing pool are also important as they can limit the scope for repair and replacements.

Other decisions need to be based on your best understanding of the urgency of the situation. Water leaking from a baptistry may be minor, or it may be causing damp and starting to undermine your building. We have options to suit different budgets and, because our team has years of experience, we will always give you options to keep costs down.

What are your options?

Option one

The cleanest solution is to demolish the existing pool. We can make new insulated GRP tank to fit. You may be able to reuse elements of the old tank, such as the floor as a firm base, or the water supply and drainage.

Option two

It’s not always possible to demolish an old baptistry but, if the steps can be removed, then a GRP liner the size of the pool can slip inside the existing space. However this obviously does shrink the space in the pool because the sides of the pool will be between 35 and 60mm thick. This option needs:

  • An existing baptistry that retains its original shape
  • A way to get the new pool liner into place: an entrance that is as wide and tall as your existing baptistry

Option three

We can reline your pool in place, which is useful if there’s no large entranceway for a new liner. We would recommend that any steps are removed by a local builder first as lining around them costs more and risks leaks. We would prefabricate sheets of GRP (with a tile pattern if preferred), make new steps and then bring them to your chuch and install. The advantage with this method is that you keep the shape of the old baptistry, reuse existing plumbing, and don’t need a large access point. It’s quite labour-intensive and costs around the same as option one.

Option four

In some churches, it is easier just to close up the leaking pool altogether and begin to use a baptistry that can be dismantled when not in use. The former pool could be used as storage space for the new flat-pack pool. We offer a variety of models, depending on the size and depth that you prefer, and you can choose to purchase or to hire baptisteries from us as you need them. This is much more cost-effective and you flexible on where you place the pool. This option needs:

  • Someone willing to put together and dismantle the baptistry when needed.

Option five

It is worth understanding the options available to you to repair the existing baptistry – while we would suggest that specialist paints aren’t likely to be reliable long term, rubber paints and pond paints will make a temporary repair. Also, do speak to a local tradesperson about retiling and grouting. Sometimes it is possible to create additional water-holding features between the new tiles and the concrete.

Speaking as a church treasurer, David recommends that you factor into your options the fact that a repaired concrete and tiled pool needs an ongoing maintenance budget in a way that a GRP lined pool doesn’t.

What next?

Having read through the options, do get in touch with some photos and measurements and we can talk through how to help: +44345 230 1381