Baptism and Thanksgiving Services
Baptism (or Christening) marks the start of a lifetime of discovery about the Christian faith and how life-changing that can be. It’s a journey of surprises, challenges and adventure. And through it all, God is always with us.
Your child is precious to you and precious to God. You want the very best for them, and so does God. You want them to make right choices in life, for themselves and for others.
Baptism is just the beginning of this and so much more.
Over the years to come, it’s a journey you’ll share together with your child by:
- Being there to talk to about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love.
- Praying for your child through the ups and downs of their faith journey.
- Showing them practically how to make those good choices in life.
- Helping them to learn more about their Christian faith, through their church and in other ways.
So it’s a commitment to start as you mean to go on.
We welcome all babies, children and families for baptisms – whatever shape that family takes. You do not have to be married or have been a regular churchgoer – as a parent, you do not even have to have been baptized yourself – though you could be. Everyone is welcome.
You can be baptised at any age. There is no upper age limit, but there will come a time when your child will be able to make the promises for themselves, and if you are baptised as an adult, the service will be slightly different.
Baptisms usually take place on a Sunday. You can be baptised at any of the churches in the benefice. The good news is that a baptism service is free.
Find out more about godparents here
If you were baptised as a child, and now wish to make a commitment for yourself, talk to Linda the Rector about confirmation.
Thanksgivings – a different journey
A special church service, different from a baptism, can be used as a way to say thank you to God for your child.
You may decide that now isn’t the right time to have your child baptised. You might also choose this service when your baby is just born, or if you have adopted a child into your family and you simply want to celebrate this with a special service in church.
To find out more about any of these services, contact Linda the Rector