Children: Baptism or Thanksgiving?
We at Willowfield are delighted to hear that you have recently been blessed by the birth of your child. We look forward to and welcome parents and God parents/Sponsors to bring their child/ren for a ‘Service of Thanksgiving’ which usually happens on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 11.30am. This is an occasion to celebrate and thank God for the gift of a new baby or young child, pray for God’s blessing on them welcoming them into the church family.
Sometimes children are baptised which usually happens on the 4th Sunday of the month at 11.30am. This is an opportunity for parents and God parents/Sponsors, not only to celebrate and thank God for the gift of a new baby or young child, as we pray for God’s blessing on them and welcome them into the church family but also to make promises which declare their faith in Jesus Christ as they seek to walk the Christian life on a daily basis.
In the Church of Ireland we encourage families to be coming along regularly to church before discussing the opportunity of a Thanksgiving or Baptism. If you are not already coming regularly to Willowfield we would encourage you to do so and please do make yourself known to us.
Please make yourself known to one of our staff team at any of our Sunday services and from there they will direct you to the church office to make arrangements for baptism preparation or service of thanksgiving.
Adults: Baptism + Confirmation
When people choose to give their lives to Christ, and become Christians we encourage those who were not baptized as infants to be prepared for baptism as an adult. Adult baptisms take place in the context of our Sunday services.
For those who come to faith as adults but know they were baptized with water as children there is the opportunity instead to publicly re–affirm the promises that others made on their behalf when they were baptized.
There is a special opportunity each year for people to re–affirm their Baptismal promises in the context of a Confirmation Service. As well as re–affirming baptismal vows those being confirmed receive prayer by the Bishop of our Diocese with the laying on of hands. It is a powerful moment when the Bishop lays hands on someone and the whole congregation prays for those being confirmed.