Holy Baptism & Thanksgivings for the Gift of a Child

Nowadays what people call a Christening comes in two forms:

Baptism is a wonderful milestone in a person’s life and journey with God. We welcome all who wish to be baptised. Sometimes, for some families, a Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child is more appropriate as they want to thank God for a child but aren’t able to make the promises which are involved in a service of baptism. We always invite you to read through what’s involved in both types of Christening and see which one is most appropriate to you and your situation.

Baptism is all about joining God’s family, and trusting him with our lives and our future. We believe that it’s important that other members of the church family are there to welcome the newly-baptised, be they an adult or a child, which is why baptisms always take place within our Sunday worship (‘services’).

There is no fee for a baptism. God’s gift of grace and new life is given to us freely. There is no age limit either – many people choose to God’s family in their adult life.

We would love to meet with you to discuss a Baptism or a Thanksgiving for yourself or for a member of your family. Please make contact in the first place with the Parish Office on whiddonparishes@hotmail.com. One of our Ministry Team will then contact you to arrange a visit so they can get to know you, and discuss with you what baptism means and finalise arrangements.

Symbols used in the service underline what we as parents, godparents, family and friends are expressing.

  • Water – the stuff of life – washes us clean and nourishes us;
  • Oil with its healing properties makes us whole; and
  • Light emphasises that we are all children of light and on the side of good.

If you’d like more information about either Baptism or a Thanksgiving do get in touch – all questions are welcome!

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