Baptism & Thanksgiving
Congratulations on the birth of your child! A new arrival is one of the biggest and most significant events in the life of any parent, and many people want to mark this in a public way. We offer two services at St Catharine’s, both of which generally take place in one of our All-Age Services:
This is an opportunity to thank God for the new life that he has given, to pray for his help for you as parents in the years to come, and to pray for God’s blessing on your child as he or she grows up. This service does not require any particular Christian commitment on your part, and we are happy to offer it to anyone, wherever you may stand on the specifics of the Christian faith.
Baptism is the way we welcome people into the church family, and involves making promises to follow Jesus, and to bring up your child as part of his worshipping community. We love to baptise children whose parents want to make these promises, and are committed to supporting families as they grow in faith together. We are also delighted to baptise adults or older children who come to trust Jesus for themselves.