Here at St John’s, we have a whole community approach to welcoming children into the family of God.
Welcoming a child into the family of God
The Anglican Church offers two ways of welcoming children into God’s family.
A Thanksgiving for a Child is an opportunity to celebrate and thank God for the gift of a child, to ask for God’s blessing and pray for the parents, friends and family as they take on the challenging but beautiful task of raising this little one. A Service of Thanksgiving can take place at anytime, anywhere. You can choose to do this in the church or another venue. You can customise the service to include symbols that are meaningful to you.
The Sacrament of Baptism is a beautiful and profound sacrament that brings alive and expresses our desire to follow Jesus in life and in faith. At a Baptism for an infant, parents and Godparents speak for the child and promise to provide opportunities to grow in faith as part of a community of faith. Baptism needs to happen in a community of faith, and when that community is gathered. Baptism can happen during any of our regular services and incorporates some important promises and the actions of immersion in water – the Baptism; Anointing with oil – the Christening; and the welcome of our worshipping community.