Celebrating A Birth

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Some parents want to celebrate the arrival of a baby with a service in church where they thank God for their child, together with family and friends. At UPC we are pleased to help families with this.

As part of the Church of England, we recognise two main services to celebrate the birth of a child:

Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a wonderful service in which we say ‘thank you’ to God for the life of a child. Prayers are said, the child is named and blessed, a bible is given and sponsors are usually involved. This is a way of publically celebrating the new addition to their family in church and together we ask for God’s support, help and blessing.

Baptism
If you are a church member you may instead choose to have your child baptised. Baptism is a lovely and important service for families who want to bring up their child as a follower of Jesus within the supportive family of the church, involving promises made to Jesus Christ and to the church.

At baptism water is poured on the child’s head and prayers are said. Baptism is the main mark of membership of church and parents who have their child baptised promise to bring them up as a Christian – including coming regularly to church worship, encouraging their child to pray, read the bible, etc. Whilst the service is relaxed and welcoming, the words said are important and challenging. Because of this, some people want time to think this through.

At UPC
With this in mind, we encourage families first to worship at one of our congregations on a Sunday and get a feel for the people, the place and the worship. We offer youth and children’s work at our 10:30 Family Service.

For more information contact the parish office.