A new birth is always something to celebrate, and there are a number of different ways in which we can journey with new parents as they look to nurture their children. We offer both infant baptism and dedication (thanksgiving) services for parents who would like to celebrate the gift of their new child. Both of these happen in our regular Sunday morning services, and they are slightly different.
Infant Baptism (Christening)
In a baptism service, parents will be asked to make a commitment to do their best to encourage and support their child along with their godparents as they grow into an understanding of what it means to be a Christian, and that they will accompany them on their journey of faith. As the church, we also make promises that we will accompany those who come to be baptised.
In a service of dedication or thanksgiving, we have the opportunity to thank God for the gift of a child and to dedicate them to God. Parents make promises to help their child grow up in the knowledge and love of God, but do not have to make the same specific Christian promises or statements of faith that are made as part of the baptism service.
We also love to baptise adults and older children who have not been baptised as infants, and who have chosen to follow Jesus. Adult baptism is a public declaration of a personal commitment that we have made to be a follower of Jesus. We can also offer a reaffirmation of baptism vows for those who have been baptised as infants and would like to recommit themselves to a life following Jesus. Those who have been baptised often also choose to be confirmed.