Thanksgivings, Baptism and Confirmation
Congratulations! The birth or adoption of a child is a cause for celebration. It is natural to be touched by a sense of awe at the creation of new life and to want to offer God thanks and praise.
St Nicholas is committed to nurturing and growing Christian faith in people of all ages. We provide a range of opportunities for children and their parents to grow; we have regular family services, Sunday School, Activity Afternoons and Messy Church, as well as activities for teenagers.
A Service of Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity for parents and families to give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and to pray for family life. We would be delighted to discuss a special celebration of your new child at a ‘Thanksgiving’ service, which includes naming your child.
This celebration is usually held as a part of our 10.30am service on a Sunday so that the whole church can celebrate with you and your family. Please contact the Team Rector Justine Middlemiss if you would like to make arrangements for your special ‘Thanksgiving’ service.
Baptism (also called Christening) is different to the ‘Thanksgiving Service'; Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into membership of the Church which Jesus asked of those who follow him. Baptism can be for people of any age, children or adult.
We welcome all people who want their children to be baptised in the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Bringing your child for Baptism arises out of your faith in Jesus and it requires the parents and Godparents to make significant declarations on behalf of their children.
We require parents considering Baptism for their children to attend church regularly for a few weeks as part of their preparation. You will be promising to take a regular part in the church's worship after the baptism, so it makes sense to attend regularly before baptism as well!
We also ask parents to be involved in preparation sessions for the baptism of their children and to explore what it means to have their child baptised. We encourage parents who have not yet been confirmed to consider whether this might be an appropriate step for them as well.
Baptisms are held as a part of our 10.30am service on a Sunday so that the whole church can support you in the commitments you are making towards your child. Please contact the Team Rector Justine Middlemiss if you would like to make arrangements for your child to be baptised.
Adult Baptism and Confirmation
If you are interested in exploring Christian faith further, or making a public statement of your faith through being baptised or confirmed then please contact the Team Rector Justine Middlemiss as she would be delighted to talk this through with you and help you decide the best way to proceed.