Baptism or Christening for your Child
Anyone can get in touch with a church to find about having their child christened. During a christening your child will be baptized with water. It’s the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child and a special day for all your friends and family.
To find out more click on this link and then come along one Sunday to make a time to chat with our Chaplain, Geoff.
Thanksgiving for a child
When a child comes new to a family either by birth or adoption the natural reaction is thankfulness. For some parents a Service of Thanksgiving is an initial step on the journey to baptism. For others it says what they want to express without baptismal promises they don’t feel able to make.
Communion before Confirmation
We believe that children are part of the church of today. Through our worship all together and Junior Church we seek to help them take their place and grow. If, as part of that growth your child would like to receive Communion, or if they already do, but have not been confirmed, we ask them, with yourselves, to attend a short preparation course. The purpose of this course is to help children to develop an understanding of Holy Communion appropriate to their age and abilities, so they can participate in it meaningfully. Contact our Chaplain, Geoff, for more details.
Confirmation is another step on a lifetime journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ in which you confirm the promises made at baptism. If you were baptized at a christening when you were a child, your parents and godparents made these promises on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may be ready to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to following Jesus Christ. At a confirmation service, you make these promises for yourself. Your friends and family as well as the local Christian community will be there to promise to support and pray for you.
The bishop will lay his hands on your head and ask God’s Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment to live God’s way for the rest of your life.
Confirmation often is the next step from being in Junior Church or Youth Group or taking part in one of our courses to explore the Christian faith. Contact our Chaplain, Geoff, for more details.
Baptism and Confirmation as an adult
More and more people find themselves asking important questions about life and faith as adults. As those lead them to a living faith in Jesus then baptism and confirmation are a natural next step. Even if you have already been baptised and confirmed at an earlier stage, renewing baptismal promises is another important outward sign of another step on the journey.
We offer regular Alpha courses which are a great foundation for baptism, confirmation or renewal of those promises. Contact the Chaplain, Geoff Read, to find out more