Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
What is a Thanksgiving Service?
A Thanksgiving is a special church service, different from a christening, which can be used as a way to say thank you to God for your child. You do not have to make any promises about faith in this service, we simply ask for God’s blessing and pray for you and your baby. You can choose special friends, known as 'supporting friends' and during the service the supporting friends promise to do all they can to help and encourage the you and your child.
You might prefer to have a Thanksgiving instead of a christening because you want your child to have the opportunity to choose baptism for themselves when they are older. You could also have a Thanksgiving service now followed by a baptism at a later date to fit with your family circumstances.
We welcome Thanksgiving enquiries from people who :
- live in the parishes of Chipping and Whitewell;
- regularly and habitually attend worship at St Bartholomew’s or St Michael’s churches;
- have previously lived in the parishes, or have a similar strong, historic, local family connection with either St Bartholomew’s or St Michael’s.
Even if we are not able to help you, your local church can. To find your local church visit https://churchofenglandchristenings.org/for-parents/contacting-the-church/
To find out more please contact Revd Fiona Jenkins.
Go to main Christenings page