We love to celebrate with families and thank God for the precious gift of a child. During a Thanksgiving Service, the child is named and welcomed and prayers and a blessing are said for the child and the family. You may prefer a Thanksgiving Service to a Baptism Service as you may not be ready to make the Baptism promises on behalf of your child or you may wish to allow them to make their own decision when they are older. Please contact us if you would like further information or if you would like to discuss your situation and options.
When we baptise a child or an adult, they are welcomed into the Church family and the parents and Godparents make promises on behalf of the child to bring the child up in the Christian faith. Baptism, sometimes referred to as Christening, marks the beginning of a journey of faith, where in time we begin to explore what it means to love God, love others and follow Christ. We therefore encourage those seeking baptism to join us in our times of worship and to take part in Baptism Preparation, so that they can explore and deepen their understanding of the Christian faith and the promises that they will make.
If families would prefer not to make these promises then we can celebrate the precious gift of the child and thank God for them in a Thanksgiving Service.
If you require further information or you would like to discuss your situation with us please contact us.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you have the opportunity to affirm for yourself the promises made at your baptism by your parents and godparents. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the bishop. The Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live in the way of Jesus.
If you are interested in getting confirmed or finding out more please contact us.