Christening Services at Holy Trinity Gee Cross
Firstly – are we your Parish Church?
We serve the ecclesiastical Parish of Gee Cross. If you live outside the Parish, you will need to obtain the permission of the Vicar where you live, before we take up the conversation. Ask Mark, the Vicar, if you’re in any doubt about which Parish you live in.
What we offer
The Church of England offers
two types of ‘christening’ service for children- thanksgiving and baptism. This leaflet outlines both types, and how we go about arranging the services here at Holy Trinity. Because each family is different, we want to make sure your needs are met as best we can and that any arrangements made are satisfactory.
The Thanksgiving service
Most parents are understandably delighted with the arrival of a child. The Thanksgiving service is a joyful celebration of the gift of life and can incorporate:
- prayers and vows by supporting friends
- naming the child
- prayers of thanks
- a specially chosen song or reading
The service includes a special prayer, which the parents may wish to say together as an act of dedication:
God our creator, we thank you for the gift of children
entrusted to our care.
May we be patient and understanding,
ready to guide and to forgive,
so that through our love they may come to know your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thanksgiving services are held as part of the main 10.30am All Age service on most second Sundays of the month. You can of course have a Thanksgiving service and then a Baptism at a later date if you wish.
Since the early Church, Baptism has been a sign of initiation into the Christian faith. At this service the parents and godparents declare their own Christian faith and make promises on behalf of those too young to say the words themselves. This asks much more of the parents and godparents than the thanksgiving service.
Parents and Godparents make the following promises:
At the baptism of children, the minister of baptism says to the parents and godparents
Parents and godparents, the Church receives these children with joy. Today we are trusting God for their growth in faith.
- pray for them,
- draw them by your example into the community of faith and
- walk with them in the way of Christ?
With the help of God, we will.
In baptism these children begin their journey in faith.
You speak for them today.
Will you care for them,
and help them to take their place
within the life and worship of Christ’s Church?
With the help of God, we will.
In ‘The Decision’, the following responses are used:
Do you reject the devil and all rebellion against God?
I reject them.
Do you renounce the deceit and corruption of evil?
I renounce them.
Do you repent of the sins that separate us from God and neighbour?
I repent of them.
Do you turn to Christ as Saviour?
I turn to Christ.
Do you submit to Christ as Lord?
I submit to Christ.
Do you come to Christ, the way, the truth and the life?
I come to Christ.
We conduct baptisms on most 3rd Sundays in the year, in the main 10.30am Sunday morning service.
Come along to two or three of our 10.30am morning services and see what it’s like at Holy Trinity. Think about which kind of christening service might be right for you and your child. If you are interested in baptism, we ask that you make sure you come to a baptism service and witness it ‘live’ for yourselves! Crucially, you’ll need to think about what it would mean to get into the habit of coming to church regularly as a family.
If you want a thanksgiving service, talk to Mark, Kathleen or Wendy at this stage.
Arranging a baptism
Once you’ve come along a few times and seen a baptism happen, we arrange to have a chat at home if you want to take things further. Here, we’ll look at the baptism service in more detail.
Given the promises that are made at baptism, you will need to think about, and be prepared to discuss:
- what it means to be part of ‘the community of faith’- your local church
- how you feel about bringing your child to worship at church regularly
- how to pray for your child
Once you’ve agreed which type of service you feel you should go for, you’ll want to choose a date. We will have an up-to-date church Diary to help you decide. If you choose baptism, the baptism visitor will need names, addresses (incl. Postcode) of each of the godparents so we can drop them a line if necessary.
How much does it cost?
We make no charge for either baptism or thanksgiving. If you choose baptism, there is a fee of £12 for a certificate produced at the time of the service if required. Your visitor will ask you for this fee when the date is booked
What about photographs and video?
Photography is permitted during the service without flash. Because of copyright issues, Video recording is permitted only for those licensed by the Vicar. If you think you might want part of the service recorded on video, please ask Mark as soon as you know the date of the service. A licence currently costs £25 and if another family’s child is involved in the same service we will need to obtain their permission as well.
We hope that this has explained the choice available to you, and what to do next. If you‘ve any queries along the way, please get in touch:
Pastoral Assistant: Mrs Kathleen Williams - 0161 368 5254
Contact for Baptisms: Mrs Wendy Slinger – 07758 240601
Vicar: Rev Mark Bennett- 0161 368 2337
The Church of England web site has further information about baptism and thanksgiving – go to www.cofe.anglican.org/lifeevents