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. Rev May gets children involved in the service as much as possible.
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.
Please contact Rev May to discuss your requirements.