Baptism, (often called christening when candidate is a child) is a rite of passage and entry into the life of the Church. Baptism can take place at any age and is usually a response to the coming to faith of an adult or when a child is born into a family of faith. Baptism involves serious promises on behalf of the candidate, made before God about the life of the candidate in the future. When the candidate is a baby or young child these promises are made by the Godparents.
It is a time of celebration for the whole Church and takes place right there within the community of faith at one of our main services.
Thanksgiving and Dedication are services that celebrate before God the arrival of a child into our lives. They are a time to gather family around us to say thank you to God. It does not require the same promises as Baptism but is a celebration of the gift of life.
The road to baptism or thanksgiving starts by talking to our vicar or clergy team and meeting for an informal chat, you (or the candidates parents) will also need to attend one of our baptism evenings: an informal and fun gathering with other candidates over a meal in the months prior to the service itself.
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To find out more about Baptism and what it means, please go to http://www.cofewinchester.org.uk/life-events/baptism