Baptisms

Baptism at Minchinhampton

We are delighted that you’re thinking about baptism. If you would like to arrange baptism (also known as a Christening) for yourself or your child, please contact the Benefice Church Office. Baptisms are often carried out during the 10am Parish Communion service on a Sunday, but can also be held at a special (Christening) service, or as part of a wedding service. Please contact Christine in our Benefice Church Office to discuss what arrangements are possible on 01453 889004 (9am–1pm, Tuesday to Friday) or at admin@minchchurch.org.uk .

Babies and young children

During a baptism service a baby or child is baptized with water and welcomed, not only into the community of Holy Trinity, Minchinhampton, but also into the family of the worldwide church. It is a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends to give thanks for the gift of life and a time to remember that your child is loved by God and is part of a wider community as they begin the first steps in their journey of faith.  

Big brothers and sisters who have already been baptized are invited to bring along their own baptismal candles, which can be re-lit during the service.

Thanksgiving

We also offer a service of Thanksgiving for the gift of your child. Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During the Thanksgiving Service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for family life. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.

A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.