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Baptisms and Thanksgivings for your child

 
We are so pleased you enquired about celebrating the birth of your child and looking to God for blessing in their future.
 
At Frant and Eridge we offer two options for people to welcome their child into our lives and the church; Thanksgiving and Baptism.
 
Have a look at the differences in the service (the words you say are in bold):
 

Baptism
 
In baptism, God calls us out of darkness into his marvellous light.
To follow Christ means dying to sin and rising to new life with him.
Therefore I ask:
Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
I reject them.
Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.
Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them.
Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.
Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.
Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ.

Thanksgiving
 
Do you receive these children as a gift from God?
We do.
Do you wish to give thanks to God and seek his blessing?
We do.
As Jesus took children in his arms and blessed them, so now we ask God’s blessing on N.
Heavenly Father, we praise you for his/her birth;
surround him/her with your blessing
that he/she may know your love,
be protected from evil,
and know your goodness all his/her days.
 

 
 
Why Thanksgiving?
It may be that the Baptism declarations are not where you are at the moment, or perhaps you would rather have a small thanksgiving with just family, this option might be for you!
 
Thanksgiving services are a wonderful time of celebrating the life of your child and giving thanks to God for them.  It involves the minister holding your child and asking for God’s blessing over them, and the congregation praying for them.
 
If you would like any of your family or friends to be your child’s supporters/sponsors they can be involved in the service too.

Why baptism?
Baptisms happen within our main church services, for your decision is not just between you and God, but about joining our world-wide Christian church family!  When you are baptised, you will be declaring your intention to grow as a member of Christ’s Church.  Being part of a church is vital so we can help and aid each other in our Christian faith.  
We are always delighted to carry out baptisms for regular members of our congregation and for people who live within our parish who come to join us. If you live outside the parish boundaries, you are welcome to join our church, and after you have settled in over a few months as part of our church here we would be happy to have your baptism in our church.  If you can’t do that, we can also get in touch with your local parish church where the baptism can take place. 
As part of the Baptism you as parents affirm your faith in Jesus, and that you are seeking to live according to what God says in the Bible.  Baptism is available to the child of a single parent or a married couple.  It also means that Mother and/or Father must be baptised themselves, or if you would like, you can be baptised at the same time in a family baptism!  Your child’s Godparents must be baptised also.

How much do these services cost?
Nothing!  There is no fee for Baptism or Thanksgiving but there will be an opportunity for you to make an offering.  For those families who are part of the church family here you can give and support the work of the church through regular giving.

What about preparation?
Every parent needs some help in life, and we want to help prepare you, not only for the service but for your life as a parent, looking to God.  This will mean meetings with the rector or one of our team where we can chat about the service and what the promises and declarations mean for you, as well as any questions about the Christian faith and how we can continue to encourage you in your life together.

What’s the next step?
Fill in the application form (linked below) and the rector or one of our team will get back to you about next steps.

I pray every blessing on you as you take this next step in your life.
-Rev Brendan Martin


 
Please click on the links to see the application.
 

Application for Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child


Application for the Baptism of a child
Hello

Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.

Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.
 

Our Service

The main service in Frant is 9.30am -10.30am.

Reverend Brendan opens the service and there is a mix of bible readings, sermons, prayer, and singing. 

Sometimes there is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

Church Building

What can children do?


We have a fantastic programme for children aged 0–14.... and our very own Festival Church.

Morning service:

Children stay with the grown-up for the first part of the service as we worship (sing songs!) together.  The speaker will make it clear when and where children need to go for their programmes.  You do not need to go with your children unless they are pre-school age.  The children will have great fun playing games, and learning about God in a way that is tailored to their age group

The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

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Festival church - 4-5pm in the Rectory paddock (next door to the church)

This is an all-ages service held outside in our brand new tipi. Bring a chair, grab a thermos/drink/snack and join us for live music, teaching, discussion, and prayers.No need to book adults, just come along.


Festival church kids

This is our Forest School style Sunday School,with Bible stories around the fire, discussion, songs, woodland crafts and more. 
It is run by trained Forest School (level 3) practitioners. Spaces are limited for all children, so you will need to sign up your child.
Click below to contact Ed Pascoe our Youth and Children's Co-ordinator,

 

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

 
Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
 
Name:
Telephone:
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
 

Leadership 

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Ed Pascoe    
Youth and Children's Co-ordinator

frantyouth@gmail.com
   
 
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best wishes

Frant Church