Baptisms and Thanksgiving Services 

Baptisms (also referred to as Christenings)

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. 
A christening is just the beginning of this and so much more.
Over the years to come, it’s a journey that we hope and pray you’ll share together with your child by:

  • Being there to talk with your child about the bigger questions of life – questions about hope, faith and love.
  • Praying for your child through the ups and downs of their journey of faith through life.
  • Showing them practically how to make good choices in life.
  • Helping them to learn more about their Christian faith, through their church and in other ways.

So Baptism is a commitment to start as you mean to go on.
It is the normal practice of the Church of England to baptise infants and adults who have not previously been baptised. This baptism is a recognition of God's grace towards us: we believe that He loves us and wishes us to be involved in Christ's Church.  Christenings usually take place during the normal Sunday service in church, so that the whole community of the church, sometimes called the “church family”, can offer a warm welcome to you and your family.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us, and we will be very happy to have a chat about your wishes.

Thanksgiving Services

The birth of a baby or the adoption of a child is usually an occasion for rejoicing.  Some parents may choose not to have their child baptised, but will, quite rightly, want to express their thanks to God for the gift of their child.  In these circumstances we are happy to invite the family and friends to share in an act of thanksgiving, which is usually incorporated into a normal Sunday service or, occasionally, may be used in the home, depending on individual circumstances.
This is a special, but simple, service of thanksgiving, which is a lovely time when you can ask for God’s blessing and pray for your child, as you are surrounded by your own family and friends.  You might 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 special words said by a vicar.
Again, please contact us if you are interested in exploring this option.