ourfaith-lifeYour child is precious to you and precious to God. Many parents want to mark the birth of a child with a special service of celebration.

The Church of England offers two options: a simple service of thanksgiving for the birth of a child or a christening service, which includes baptism, marking the start of a journey of faith. Baptism is a ‘sacrament’ (a holy ritual to symbolise grace) in the Christian tradition that is traced back to Jesus himself being baptised in the river Jordan. Visit the C of E website to find out more.

In baptism, you as parents are thanking God for his gift of life and making a decision to start your child on the journey of faith, asking for the Church’s support.

For your child, baptism marks the start of a journey of faith, which involves turning away from all that is evil, turning towards Christ and becoming a member of the local and worldwide Christian family.

Your parish church will be delighted to help – you can find your parish church by visiting A Church Near You. The vicar will want to talk to you (and possibly the godparents) about the service and the promises you will be making.