We know that Jesus saw a special place for children. On one occasion we read in the Bible that Jesus took little children in his arms and blessed them.
So as a Parish we seek to welcome children and their families. We offer two services to parents wanting to bring young children to church.
A Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
The birth (or adoption) of a child is a happy and life-changing occasion - it is certainly a reason to celebrate!
Many people are overcome by a sense of awe at the creation of a new life and want to express their thanks to God. This service offers you, your family and friends an opportunity to give thanks for the birth (or adoption) of a child and to join together to celebrate and pray for family life. We offer this service to everyone who asks as an expression of God’s unconditional love for you and your child. You don’t have to say anything about what you believe; you don’t have to promise anything; this service is about thanksgiving and celebration.
A Christening (or Service of Baptism)
Baptism is the Christian sacrament of initiation into the Church, the Body of Christ. It marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step of faith in response to God’s love. For all involved, but especially parents and godparents, it is a special time to rejoice in your own baptism, to recall what God has done for you in Jesus, to renew your faith and to re-commit yourselves to being part of Christ’s church and bringing your child up within the church.
To help parents consider all that is involved in baptism we offer a Baptism Preparation course consisting of three short sessions. We look at the words in the Baptism Service and the meaning of the symbols used. We run these sessions every term. We understand you may be a little bit nervous about attending these sessions, but baptism is not a test. We’re here to help you decide if baptism is right for you, and if it is, to help you prepare for it.
Because baptism represents the first step in a journey of faith with Jesus and a commitment to join his family, the church – we offer baptism to those able to share in the preparation we provide and who would see this as a doorway to worshipping with us regularly. If you have connections with Heswall but now live away we can help you contact your own local church.