Baptism is a wonderful celebration of new beginnings. Christians believe that through baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, God offers his gift of love without limit.
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives - the first step in response to God's love.
Baptism is what Christians call 'a sacrament'. That means it is a visible sign of God's love; a genuine way in which God touches and changes our lives.
Baptism is one of the greatest gifts that you can give a child. Here in the Parish of Minchinhampton and Box, we wilI invite you to a short baptism preparation session over tea and coffee, where we hope you will be able to meet other parents whose child is being baptised, and where we can begin to help the baptism service become more meaningful for you.
If you would like to know more about baptism, come and talk to us at the church. You can contact Christine, our Parish Administrator on 01453 889004 and she will direct you to one of the clergy.
There is no charge for a baptism. Our church, however, relies on giving, and any donation you might like to make will be gratefully received. Cheques should be made payable to Minchinhampton PCC. There will also be a collection plate at the service to support Church Funds. If you are a tax-payer, please use a gift aid envelope, as it will increase your gift by 25% with no extra cost to yourself.
BAPTISM - AN OUTLINE
At the baptism preparation session we will:
• have some tea!
• have opportunity to meet others bringing a child for baptism.
• explore a little bit about what baptism is and give you opportunity to think about why you are bringing your child for baptism. We will look through the service order and talk about what some of the language and symbolic actions used in the service mean.
• hear a little bit about the wider life of the church and the church and community events we offer to help support you with your child, including 'Come and Play', Junior Church and Messy Church.
• go into the church building and explain where the baptism will take place and any practical details for the day.
There will be opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have and consider what baptism means for you. We are here to make this occasion as special as possible for you and your child.
Baptisms normally take place during the 10am service on first Sundays of the month, though if there are difficulties or reasons for arranging other occasions, we will accommodate you as best we can.
In addition, we particularly invite parents and those baptised back to another Sunday service.
In the years ahead, we would love to keep in touch - and will send regular anniversary cards to mark your child's baptism, as well as let you know about Junior Church and Messy Church dates.
WHAT WE OFFER IN THE YEARS TO COME
Junior Church meets every week during the 10am Sunday service in church, apart from first Sunday of each month when an All Age Service is held. During an early part of the service, the children andyoung people go into the Porch Room, for their own time of songs, prayers, stories, crafts and worship. They join us towards the end of the main service to receive communion or a blessing at the altar.
Several times a year, Minchinhampton Church runs Messy Church - which you may well have heard about. This runs from 3.30pm through to 5.30pm and we ask parents and guardians to accompany their children. Each Messy Church has a theme, and we explore this with different craft activities - there is always a variety on offer. Each session ends with engaging with a Bible story or theme which relates to the activities, a worship song and prayer, and then eating a meal together, such as fish fingers and mash. It is a fabulous occasion to get to know other parents, for children to interact and have fun doing so, and for children to become familiar with some of the stories in the Bible. If you have never tried it before, come along! For the date and theme of our next Messy Church go to the Home Page.
thank you for the privilege and pleasure children bring.
Thank you for what they represent, both the present and the future,
and what they give us as they explore life and make their discoveries.
Help us to slow down, to pause and make a moment.
Help us to share their world and enjoy their wonder.
Help us to walk at their speed, and find that it’s your speed,
and so lead us together into life and joy,
in the company of your Son
Jesus Christ our Lord.
If you have any further questions about your child's baptism or the life of our churches, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
If we can be of any help in the future, we would be very happy to hear from you.
With prayers for your child's special day.