Christenings and Thanksgivings

 

At St. Mary’s and St. John’s, we look forward to sharing your joy with you as you celebrate the birth of your Child.  A Christening Service or a Service of Thanksgiving for the birth of your child can be a great start to your child’s life and help you as you begin the amazing journey of bringing up your Child in this challenging world, by putting God at the centre of your hope for your child and your family ‘s life.

 

Thanksgiving

For parents who do not wish to make the Baptism promises but still want to come to Church to thank God for the gift of their child, a Service of Thanksgiving is available. The steps to follow are the same as for Christening; please follow steps 1 and 2 below for Christenings. Thanksgiving services will be discussed as part of the preparation evenings.

 

Christening

At your child’s Christening, they will be baptised. To prepare for this wonderful event, we ask families to attend Church twice before attending two evening sessions for Baptism preparation, following which a date for baptism can be booked.  Please see the step by step approach below.

 

The Church sees Baptism as a very important day in someone’s life, whatever age they are. Key aspects of someone’s Baptism include following Jesus and joining the Church family.  Therefore, we consider it helpful to ask people to come to at least a couple of services to see what their local Church is like, before coming to the preparation evenings, when we can discuss matters of Church, faith and the Baptism service.  It is also helpful for the Church to have an opportunity to hear how you find Church, its services and welcome.

 

As you read the steps below, please note:

  1. You need to attend Church twice before you come to session 1.
  2. You need to attend session 1 before session 2
  3. You can attend session 1 one month and session 2 a subsequent month (but you need to attend session 1 before session 2!)
  4. Once you have been to Church at least twice, you do not need to book to come on a Tuesday evening; just turn up.

 

Step 1

We invite your family to join us for 2 Sunday services at either St Mary’s or St John’s. See here for service details.

 

Step 2

We invite both parents (and also Godparents if possible) to come to 2 Baptism Preparation evenings ‘Baptism Matters’.

 

These are held on the 1st & 2nd TUESDAY of each month at 8pm at St Mary’s Church.

 

We encourage both parents to come if it’s possible.

 

Each Baptism Matters course comprises two sessions and we will look at the importance of Baptism to families, to the Church and to God.
The option of a Service of Thanksgiving will also be discussed.

Once you have been to Church at least twice, you are welcome to just turn up to these sessions.  No booking required.

 

Step 3

Book the date for your child’s baptism with Katrina Henderson at the Church office by completing the pink form you will be given at the end of session 2.

 

Please note: these pink forms are only given out at the second session and dates cannot be booked or reserved until that form is completed and returned to the Church office.   You are welcome to post your completed form through the Church’s mail box at St. Mary’s Church hall, to the left of the entrance door.

 

Dates for ‘Baptism Matters’ Evenings

The dates for the preparation evenings very rarely change. However, it is always advisable to check the calendar or contact the Church office before you come to ensure there are no changes.

 

Baptism Services

These are held as follows:

St. John’s Church

1st Sunday of the Month (1 family)

St. Mary’s Church

4th Sunday of the month

9.15am (up to 2 families) twice a quarter

11.00am (up to 2 families) once a quarter

3pm (up to 4 families)

 

Adult Baptism

For people who have not already been baptised, we offer the opportunity to be baptised as a believer.  If desired, this will be by total immersion.

 

These baptisms are great events in the life of the Church and the cause of much joy and celebration.

 

Most people who have a believer’s baptism will have done an Alpha course recently and be regular members of the Church.

You can find out all you need to know about choosing, planning and going to a christening on the Church of England Christening website including an excellent guide for Godparents.

Contact Jonny Blair for more information on 01932 917736 or email him jonny@waltonparish.org.uk