St Augustine’s Church 2021


                   More about Baptisms              

The Church of England offers two approaches - thanksgiving and baptism. Both are ways of celebrating the life of your child with the support of close friends. Both offer the opportunity for a family celebration. The main difference is in the extent and depth of Christian commitment that each form of service expresses.

What is a Baptism?

For parents who bring children to be baptized, the service involves making promises before God and the congregation to be a wholehearted disciple of Jesus Christ – and to show evidence of that commitment by being part of the church community.

A baptism is also a celebration, often with lots of friends and relatives, but rather more is involved. You and godparents make very solemn promises before God which are effectively a public declaration of basic Christian belief. Because of the promises the parents and Godparents make we will visit you and go through the promises before the service and we ask that the family comes to the church service three or four times before the baptism so that they get to know the church community.

Baptisms are always held in the main church service where possible.

Adult Baptism:

This is a very special decision for someone who is no longer a child.  In it’s most simple form it is a public declaration of a commitment to follow Jesus.

If you are considering being baptised, please contact the office and we will put you in touch with one of clergy to discuss this further.

What is a Thanksgiving?

"Thanksgiving and blessing for the gift of a child" is a celebration to mark the birth and naming of your child. We give thanks for your child's new life, and commit both you and the child to God, asking for his help and blessing in the years to come.

It is the sort of service that almost anyone who believes in God can stand up and take part in, even if they are not sure what else they believe. It's a way in which parents can express their gratitude for the birth of the child, and receive God's blessing on them and the child. The church members present welcome your family and pray for you.

Thanksgivings take place in the main church service or, for a small fee, at a time and location of your choice.

How Do I Proceed? - Children’s Baptism / Thanksgiving

Please contact the Church Office by email or phone and we will send you the appropriate form.   Click “RETURN” and then click on “CONTACT US”.

Our minister Paul Hunter will then contact you to arrange a time to meet with you.