Thanksgivings & Baptism

 

Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family. For your child, being baptised at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Thanksgiving

Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During the Thanksgiving service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for family life. 

A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their child.

Baptism

Your child’s Baptism will take place during the main Sunday service. This is so that your child can be seen to be joining the family of the Church and be welcomed into becoming part of God's family. In turn the Church will promise to support and pray for you and your child. 

To find out more about either Baptism or Thanksgiving, please contact the church office.

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