Baptism is something we are commanded to do by Jesus, as part of someone coming to faith on their discipleship journey. 


A thanksgiving service may take place at any time convenient to the family and the minister taking the service. It may, if wished, take place during a main Sunday service.

Thanksgivings for children are becoming increasingly common. They happen for a number of reasons that include:

-Families who would prefer to wait until their children can make a decision about baptism and faith for themselves.

-Those who feel unable to make the promises required within the baptism service but would still want to thank God for the arrival of their baby.

-Those for whom the focus is on the child rather than the Christian faith, but who would like an initiation or naming ceremony.

- Those who would like a separate service for their child outside of Sunday worship.


Learn More

There are certain legal requirements that must be met in order for an individual to be baptised in the Church of England. For more information, click here for a copy of the policy and here for the baptism and thanksgiving leaflet.