Congratulations on the birth of your child!

"We believe that every child is a gift from God."

With the arrival of a new baby it may be that you are interested in your child's spiritual, as well physical and emotional development. Some parents choose to mark the beginning of their child's spiritual journey with a Christening. If you live in our parish, it would be good to meet up to talk about your plans. 

The First Step - Toddler Praise

The group meets on Fridays afternoons during term time from 1:15 - 2:30 pm. This is a great way to meet other parents in the church and find some support for both you and your child.  Alternatively, of course, you can come along to Sunday morning worship at 10:30 am each week. Either way, we look forward to meeting up and speaking to you about your Christening plans.

The Christian journey begins with a single step. Because it is part of a long Church tradition, we know that many others have done it before us and travel alongside us now.  Although we are different ages and stages along the way, we are all part of a life-long learning community on a journey towards God. The Church of England has two services which reflect what most people are looking for in a Christening. Both services start and end the same way and include prayers for your child. 

The main difference between the two services can be seen in the chart below:

Church of England Services - Comparison


Service of 

Thanksgiving & Blessing

Service of

Baptism 

Purpose

To celebrate, give thanks, and pray for God's blessing on my child.

To declare my own desire to turn to Christ and follow him by helping my child to find his/her place within the life and worship of the church.

Background

Jesus blessed children: 'Jesus took the children in his arms, placed his hands on each of them and blessed them.' Mark 10.16

Jesus calls his followers to make disciples: 'Go and make disciples: baptizing them... and teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.' Matthew 29.19f

Symbols

Oil is used as a symbol of the Holy Spirit, anointing for blessing.

Water is used to symbolize both washing from sin and spiritual birth.

Promises you will make

Parents and Godparents promise to do all they can to help and support your child.

Parents and Godparents promise to pray for your child, speak to them about God's love, and help them to get involved in the life and worship of their church. And in due course, prepare him/her for Confirmation.

Promises we will make

We promise to be here for you, when you or your child wish to learn more about the Christian faith, plan for a wedding, or are in need of pastoral care.

We promise to support you and your child's spiritual development by providing children's programes to help your child find their place in the life and worship of the church.

Choosing Godparents

Godparents are chosen to act as mentors for your child as they grow up.

Godparents are chosen who are themselves believing, baptized, and preferably Confirmed Christians so that they might act as mentors and examples for your child.

Booking a date

Bookings are usually made for a separate service, to follow the main Sunday morning service, at 11:45 am on the 2nd, 4th or 5th Sunday of the month.

Bookings are usually made for the 2nd, 4th or 5th Sunday of the month at 10:30 am, as part of the main morning services

We look forward to meeting you.