Thanksgiving & Baptism
Christians describe baptism as a sacrament - a visible sign of God’s love. We believe that God loves people of every race, creed or colour. At baptism, we are thanking God for the gift of life and acknowledging his love. We are turning away from evil, sin and darkness and turning towards Christ. At Holy Trinity, we baptise people of all ages. We hope you find the following information useful.
Parents and godparents speak for the babies:
- Thanking God for his gift of life
- Deciding to start your child on the journey of faith and asking for the Church’s support
- Joining the Church in expressing your belief in God and praying for your child.
- Beginning a journey of faith
- Becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family
- Sharing in the death and resurrection of Jesus in a symbolic way
The church members are:
- Promising to welcome, support and pray for you and your child
- Being reminded of the importance of this baptism for every Christian
- Providing a worshipping community where everyone can grow in faith.
Child and adult baptism
Children and adults speak for themselves. In both cases, they can have Godparents or sponsors.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at a baptism?
The key points are:
- Children and adults speak for themselves
- Parents and godparents speak for a baby
- The principles of Christian faith are acknowledged and accepted in public
- Promises are made about following the teaching of Jesus
- Water is poured over the head as a sign of a new life as a member of the church
- The new ‘member’ is welcomed by the congregation
We’d like a church service for our child but don’t feel ready to make those promises.
That’s OK, we would be happy to help you explore the Christian faith further.
In the meantime, you might like to think about having a Thanksgiving service for your child.
What is a Thanksgiving?
- The church believes we should give thanks to God for the gift of a child.
- During our 10.30am service on a Sunday the parents and child come to the front and we say special prayers and give thanks for their child.
At Holy Trinity, all children - even those whose parents are thinking of baptism - have a Thanksgiving ceremony.
Can I just have a Thanksgiving?
Yes – this is a very special occasion.
You can also explore baptism with us and get to know us better.
So how does it all work?
First talk to one of the church leaders. They will explain in more detail what happens next and even suggest possible dates for a Thanksgiving.
If you wish to explore baptism please fill in the "Baptism Inquiry Form" below and send via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or hand it in at church. You will be contacted later and arrangements made for some home visits. The ‘visitor’ may be one of the church ministers or a lay person from our congregation.
There will be at least 2 visits over a 3 month period. During this time we’d hope to get to know you as you explore what joining the church means.
If after this period you’d like to plan a baptism we will book a date.
If you would like a member of the staff team to get in touch with you, please contact us using the form in the footer of this website.