It's always a joy when a new little life comes into the world and we love journeying with parents as they embrace the task of nurturing their children! We offer both infant baptism and infant thanksgivings for parents wishing to celebrate the gift of a child as each has a slightly different meaning, feel and content.
Infant baptism is about welcoming a child into God's church. It involves parents, godparents and the church family making some big and important promises to God on behalf of the child and committing to helping nurture the child in the Christian faith.
Infant Thanksgiving is an opportunity for parents to thank God for a child and to dedicate him or her to Him. Parents make promises to do all they can to help their child grow up in the knowledge and love of God. Infant dedication does not involve the same kind of specific Christian promises or statements of
church commitment that are made as part of an infant baptism.
We regularly also baptise adults who have decided to follow Jesus having not been baptised as infants. Baptism is an outward sign and public declaration of an inner transformation and personal commitment to Jesus Christ. We also help people reaffirm baptism vows that were made for them as a child as part of our adult baptism services. Some who were baptised as infants also get confirmed.
Confirmation is an opportunity for older children, teenagers and others who were baptised as children to confirm their faith publicly and for themselves. It marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you were baptised as an infant and your intention to live a life
of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop.