At Immanuel, we love Baptisms (also called Christening)! We have baptisms as part of our main Sunday service at 10am as we welcome the person being baptised into the family of the church. It's important for the church family of Immanuel to be part of the church's promises and welcome.
Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service where parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.
For your child, being baptised at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.
For older children and adults, we have a slightly different wording to the baptism service as those being baptised make the promises for themselves. We offer a specific course for older children and adults. You are never too young or too old to be baptised. We would also encourage adults and older children to consider confirmation.
Our baptisms are part of our regular Sunday service which last just under or around an hour and are easy to follow and child-friendly. Fr.Michael gets children involved in the service as much as possible and we pride ourselves on the 'reverential chaos' of our worship. Baptisms are an amazing celebration which is how we try to be in our worship.
If you are interested in being baptised or you have a child you would like baptised, we ask that you come to one of our quarterly Baptism Preperation mornings (held on a Saturday morning from 10am - 12noon). IF you're just thinking about Baptism, get in touch and have a chat with Fr.Michael about it.
As it is important for you to get to know us and us to get to know you so that we can all take the baptism promises seriously, we ask that you come to a 10 o'clock service twice before the baptism takes place. We're a friendly bunch and love welcoming people who are new to Immanuel.
Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During the Thanksgiving service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for family life. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.
A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.