Baptism and Thanksgiving for the birth of a child
Baptisms are now allowed under COVID regulations.
At St Andrew's we recognise that all parents are thankful for the birth of their child and for the blessing brought to their family by a new life; and that they may wish to celebrate this in church.
There are two types of service that can be held depending on the level of Christian commitment that parents wish to undertake.
Infant baptism is an opportunity for parents who have a Christian faith and regularly or occasionally attend church where they wish for their child to be baptised into the family of God in the belief that their child will come to fully understand the message of Jesus for themselves; that they and the god-parents will actively bring up their child in the christian life and that they seek the support of the wider church family to do this.
At St Andrew's infant baptism can take place as part of our regular 10am Sunday service or a special service at 12.00 on a Sunday.
Thanksgiving for the birth of a child
Thanksgiving for the birth of a child is a beautiful opportunity to give thanks for the birth of a child. This can take place as a standalone service on a Sunday afternoon and while not a baptism, it will include blessing and anointing the child. The parents will not be asked to make baptism vows or personal promises that may not sit easy on their consciences.
As part of the Church of England we follow the The Diocese of Exeter guidance on adult baptism. If you wish to discuss adult baptism please contact us using the form below.