A service of Thanksgiving and Blessing for an Infant or Child Baptist churches do not baptise infants because we believe that the decision to be a disciple of Jesus is one that can only properly be made at a later stage of spiritual development. However we most certainly do welcome children into the community by means of a special service of Thanksgiving and Blessing.
Together with the family and friends of the family, we celebrate the gift of children, their presence within the Christian community. The blessing of children is a practice rooted in the example of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels. ‘People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”. And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them’ (Mark 10:13-16). If you would like to explore this further, please contact our Minister, Alan Bailyes. either by ringing the church office (01934 521642) or sending him an email.