Baptism, Thanksgiving or Dedication Services
We currently offer a variety of baptism courses to suit your need if you choose to get yourself or one of your children baptised at any one of the locations within our parish (Scotby, Cumwhinton or Cotehill).
Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service 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 you or 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 more information, you can also visit the Church of England Christenings website.
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.
For more information, please feel free to contact us.