BAPTISM AND THANKSGIVING

A baptism service at St John's

BAPTISM

We welcome you to have your child baptised (christened) at St John’s.

In this service parents thank God for the gift of life and make a decision to start their child on a journey of Christian faith.  Godparents promise to help and support.  The church also supports you as you come to family services, special services at Harvest, Christmas and Easter, and in opportunities to join other social activities.

For 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.

You can listen to interviews with vicars, godparents and families about Baptism at http://www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms-funerals/baptism/interviews-about-baptism.aspx

Please get in touch with us to make further enquiries:  the Rev Peter Thorn on 0161 4259855, or the Rev Rodney Green on 0161 7487238.

THANKSGIVING

Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way, without the commitment that baptism involves. A Thanksgiving service gives thanks for the birth of a child, and prayers are said for the family. The child is blessed and prayed for, with friends promising to support the parents in bringing up their baby.