Baptism and Thanksgiving
We are glad that you are thinking about Baptism - for yourself or your child.
The first part of this page sets out the options for children; adult baptism comes towards the end.
At the birth or adoption of a child, many parents feel that they would like to say 'thank you' to God for a new life and a new addition to the family. The Service of Thanksgiving for the birth of a child offers an opportunity to do just that. It can be carried out in any of our four churches, by a minister or trained and qualified lay minister. A Thanksgiving Service forms part of the main Sunday Service where you and your child will be prayed for, and there is no need to make any public promises to God, which you may not yet feel ready to make. To have a child Baptised (Christened) is really to say that you and your family are committed to following Jesus, and to bringing your child up to follow Him.
Your child would be beginning a life-long journey of faith, with you and their godparents to help them on their way.
Here are some questions for you to think about regarding Baptism.. Considered carefully, these will help you decide whether Baptism would be right for you and your child.
Whether you decide on Baptism, or Thanksgiving, we look forward to welcoming you into the church family. We will help you prepare, and after the event there is support, guidance and the scope to learn more about the faith. If you are new to church, join us for a term at any or all of the four churches and get to know us, and speak to one of the Ministers.
Also, contact the Church Office so that we can put you in touch with the right people.
We love to celebrate an adult's baptism. Here, a course such as Alpha is a useful preparation, and a minister will also look at the commitment you would make and discuss this - and any other questions, Contact a minister or the Church Office to talk this through.