Thank you for inquiring about baptism (also known as christening) at Gloucester Anglican. We regard it an honour and privilege to play a part in the spiritual life of your family and would love to speak to you about this special occasion.
In recognition that different families are at different places in their Christian walk, we offer two types of services:
The Thanksgiving service. This service is for people who want to give thanks to God for their child but are not yet ready to take on the promises that a baptism service declares. This service is an opportunity to gather friends and family together and give God thanks for the miracle that your child’s birth has been. This is a short service (about 20mins) but very significant because in it we spend time praying for your child’s wellbeing physically and emotionally but most importantly spiritually. This service can be part of our normal church service or be arranged at another time of your preference.
The Baptism service. Children are baptized on the understanding that they will be brought up as faithful members of the church. Those who bring their child to be baptized must declare before the congregation their allegiance to Jesus and commitment to God’s people. This will mean that you already do or are keen to attend church and be involved in the life of one of our congregations. We run a baptism course for parents who are looking to have their children baptised.
Please contact Rev. James to speak further about which service is right for your family.