A Service of Thanksgiving is held when parents wish to give thanks to God for the safe arrival of a new baby but do not feel that they are ready to make the promises and declarations that are part of the rite of Baptism. This service can also be appropriate when a child is adopted and welcomed into their new forever family.
During the service, the family meet in Church to give thanks to God and to commit to supporting and caring for the new arrival. Members of the family and/or friends can be appointed as supporters to share in the task of supporting and caring for the child.
This service usually takes place outside of the Sunday morning Mass and can include singing a couple of hymns or songs as well as the child being presented with a copy of one of the Gospels from the New Testament of the Bible.
Each person enquiring about a Service of Thanksgiving will receive a visit from either the Vicar or another trained person to help them understand and plan the service. There is no statuary fee for this service although the choices made about the form of service will mean that some costs might be incurred. These questions will be discussed as we meet and plan your service.
Parents with children under five are also invited to join the Edward Bear Club which meets regularly in the Church. Full details can be found on their page on our website.