Baptism for Families
We are always delighted to welcome families to celebrate baptism, and endeavour to make this service a special and memorable occasion. We like to invite you to a short preparation prior to the Baptism or Thanksgiving Service. This gives you the opportunity to find out more about the symbolism of Baptism and what it means for you, your family and Godparents. You will also be able to look at the Service and be given some ideas for making it a personal and special occasion.
We also like to keep in touch after the Baptism or Thanksgiving telling you of special family services such as the lovely Christingle and Crib Services as well as fun activities for children of all ages.
If you would like to enquire about a Baptism or Service of Thanksgiving please contact:
Rev. Mark Badger
Baptism for Children
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 baptized at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.
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. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.
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 baby.