We provide a range of baby and child-oriented services at both Christ Church and St Quiricus and St Julietta, for example:
- Thanksgiving for birth of a child
- Baptism of a child
Please contact Louise, our administrator at the parish office or telephone 01275 859210 or Click Here
Bobbie Shannon is responsible for contacting the parents of every child due to be baptised and then to take them through the preparation for baptism with another member of the Baptism Team. We usually have one Baptismal service each month which are normally arranged for Sunday mornings at 12:00pm, ie outside the Sunday morning service; however, we are equally happy to welcome your child and his/her family to join with us at our morning service. During the preparation, we take parents through the service and show them the font; we point out little things like the font being near the door of a church because baptism is the entrance in to Christian Faith. We talk about the importance of choosing Godparents who will do their best to keep the promises. We take them through the promises, which can lead to some very interesting conversations! I wonder how many of you have looked at the baptism promises recently?
Following baptism, we give each child a candle, reminding them of their baptism, and that Jesus is the light of the world and that in baptism the child is brought from darkness of a sinful world into the light of Christ. Each family is invited to receive a Bible for their child; this is not given at the baptism but at a Sunday morning service, which they attend after the baptism, when they are welcomed into the family of the church.
THANKSGIVING FOR THE BIRTH OF A CHILD
The birth or adoption of a child is a cause for celebration. Many people are overcome by a sense of awe at the creation of new life and want to express their thanks to God. This service provides an opportunity for parents and families to give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and to pray for family life. It may be a private celebration at home or in hospital, or it may be a public celebration in church, sometimes with a number of children.
This service is not the same as Baptism (sometimes called Christening), which is the sacrament of initiation into membership of the Church, the Body of Christ. If you are interested in exploring the Christian faith, or finding out more about preparation for Baptism, ask the minister taking this service.
There is still a preparation evening to make arrangements, the child can still have sponsors and is presented with a bible at the service. Bobbie is responsible for preparation and can conduct this service herself.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm for yourself the faith into which you have been baptised and your make public your intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Bishop, on behalf of the Church also asks God to give you power through the Holy Spirit to enable you to live as a follower of Jesus.
Your confirmation will be led by the bishop. It may take place during the main Sunday service at our own church or at a special service. It may also take place at the cathedral or in another church in our diocese.
The Church of England has two authorized confirmation services. One is taken from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and is in 17th century English. Most confirmations use a service in contemporary English, taken from Common Worship (2000).
Confirmation classes are usually held annually. Please contact Louise at the Office for further details.
HOMEGROUPS – Christ Church
Maurice Eveleigh leads the homegroup at 6 Woodland Road on Tuesday mornings fortnightly from 10:30 until 12:00pm. We explore the books of the Bible, discussing and sharing our thoughts. The group is always welcoming, open to anyone. For dates and what we shall be exploring, please watch the Newsletter.
Bobbie Shannon leads an evening group for bible study, prayer and fellowship that meets monthly in members’ homes. Watch the Noticesheet for details of the next gathering, new members are always very welcome.