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Baptism, Christening and Thanksgiving

Baptism is an important step in our Christian faith.  It signifies the moment when a person makes a public commitment to follow Jesus Christ as a member of the Church. We invite all those asking for baptism to take part in a preparation course so they can appreciate fully the importance and the blessing baptism can be.

We also offer a Service of Thanksgiving for those who wish to express their thanks for the birth of their child but who are not yet ready to make a commitment to follow Christ.

For more details of Baptisms and Thanksgiving Services, please contact either:

The Vicar, currently in Vacancy

Suzanne McAllister - e mail: suzannemcallister@outlook.com
Karen Robertson - e mail: k-robertson@blueyonder.co.uk

More Information:

Baptism of a child (or Children)

Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.

For your child, being baptized at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Thanksgiving

Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During the Thanksgiving service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for family life. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.

A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.

About the service

What happens during the service?

Your child's Baptism will normally take place during the main Sunday service (usually in the morning). This is so that your child can be seen to be joining the family of the Church and be welcomed into membership. In turn the Church will promise to support and pray for you and your child.

Part of the service will normally take place at the front of the church, but for the Baptism itself, parents and godparents, sometimes family and friends too, will usually be asked by the vicar to gather around the font. (The font is a large basin on a pedestal, containing the water for baptism.)

                                                                                 

The vicar will ask the parents and godparents to make declarations and some serious promises on behalf of the child.

Making decisions and promises

When you bring your child for Baptism, you will be asked to declare publicly on behalf of your child that you believe in God and that you will bring your child up to follow Jesus.

You will be asked to answer, on your child's behalf, that you have decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ.

The declarations made by you and the child's godparents will be made in front of the church congregation; the local Christian community will promise to support you and pray for you and your child.

How much will it cost?

There is no charge for a baptism as it is part of the role of the church within the local community however a voluntary donation to the work of the church would be gladly received

Do we have to attend your church?

Not unless that’s the way you’re establishing your connection with the church, obviously we would love to see you any Sunday you would like to come!

What next?

We hope that you and your family may become a regular part of the church family and live out the promises that you have made on behalf of your child during the service, there is no obligation to do so. However there may come a time when your child wishes to confirm the promises (made on their behalf) for themselves. This would take place at a service of Confirmation (usually in their teens)