At Christ Church, Pennington, we offer both Baptism services (sometimes called ‘christenings’) and Thanksgiving services which celebrate the life of your child. Both services actually look very similar. For example, both take place in a normal morning service where we ask the family and Sponsors to come to the front of church. The main difference between Baptisms and Thanksgivings is in the extent and depth of Christian commitment that each form of service expresses.
Our desire is to explain, with integrity, what both these services represent, and what each service will mean in practice for parents such as yourself. We then trust you to choose, hopefully with equal integrity, the option which best represents where you are at on your spiritual journey – be that Baptism or Thanksgiving (or indeed both, or neither, as is sometimes the case).
If you choose to have a Baptism for your child, we will require you to go through a Thanksgiving first (this will be in a shorter format), but if you choose to have a Thanksgiving, you will be able to decide afterwards whether you would also like a Baptism.