If you want to offer thanks and ask for God’s blessing for the safe arrival of a new life into a family or for the arrival of a little one after adoption, then a service of Thanksgiving could be a great option. It ‘feels’ very like a baptism, with a lovely celebration and sense of occasion, but there are some key differences. The promises you make are less demanding than those in the baptism service. Perhaps you are not sure if you are a Christian, and so the baptism vows seem a little difficult to say with integrity. Perhaps you are a committed Christian, who feels it isn’t appropriate to make a commitment of faith on behalf of your child. Perhaps you want to offer thanks for a very young baby, before waiting until they are a little bigger for a big family celebration of baptism.
Many people find this a really good option if one partner is uncomfortable about making baptism. It can be especially helpful in families of more than one faith.
If you would like to discuss this option, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to help.
For more info from the Church of England on Thanksgiving Services, please click here