We’re delighted you’re thinking of baptism for your child. Your child is precious to you and precious to God. At baptism you promise to raise your child to know God loves them, and to help them to follow Jesus as a member of the Church.
Having children can be a wonderful experience and one that causes us to reflect on what we consider to be important in life. We all want the best for our children and bringing them to church is one way that we can express such hopes.
Those who bring children for Baptism (or Christening as it is sometimes called) are expressing a desire to bring them up within the life of the Church, so that they will benefit from the positive values, accepting friendships and spiritual resources that accompany faith in Jesus Christ.
Some parents do not feel ready to make the promises required by the Baptism service, but still want to mark the birth of their child in a special way. In this case, it is better to come for a Thanksgiving service, where we simply express gratitude for our children and pray for God’s blessing on them.
Whichever option you choose we will seek to help you get the best out of this special time.
As a way of preparing for your child’s special day we ask you to come to attend some church services so that you can get a ‘feel’ for what St Giles is all about and to reflect on your own beliefs and values.
We suggest that you attend our All.together! all age service where we all worship together as a family of adults and children or our Together Communion for All which has children’s activities and stories of Jesus in the church hall.
Before making any arrangements please have a word with the Church Wardens, in order to discuss your interest in bringing your child for a service of baptism or thanksgiving. Baptisms and Thanksgivings usually take place at 11.30am on Sundays.