Parents often bring along their children for a service of baptism. The service includes:
• Thanking God for the child;
• Praying for the child and parents;
• The parents making a statement of their belief in God;
• The parents making promises to pray for their children, to instruct them in the Christian faith and to bring them up within the local church congregation;
• Baptising the child with water, signifying the start of new life with Christ;
• Welcoming the child into the family of the church.
Baptism takes place within one of our main Sunday morning services following a preparation course with teaching on the Christian faith, for the parents and for any godparents who are able to attend, usually over two evenings.
Children are a gift from God. Many parents want a way of expressing their thanks to him for this precious gift – while at the same time celebrating and rejoicing with family and friends.
The Church of England offers a special service for this, called ‘Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child’.
This service includes:
• thanking God for the child
• praying for God’s blessing for the child
• presenting the child with a Gospel or Bible
• praying for the parents, and their friends and family
• recognising other people who will be important in bringing up the child.
Thanksgiving services may take place either within a main morning service on a designated Sunday, or by arrangement at another time such as on a Sunday afternoon.
If you want to find out more about Baptism or a Thanksgiving Service why not come along to one of our very informal Baptism Enquirers sessions which are held on the first Sunday of each month. Contact us for details of the next session.