Baptisms & Thanksgiving Services

The birth of a baby is one of life’s miracles – as those who can’t have children know only too well. It can be a time when we want to celebrate with family and friends and thank God for the gift of new life. We want to publicly state our commitment to giving our child the love and care they need to grow and flourish. A Service of Thanksgiving or Baptism can take place within a Sunday service or at another time.
Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child can include:
giving thanks for your child’s birth or adoption;
naming your child;
blessing and anointing your child;
celebrating your commitment to your child;
praying for parents and those who support you;
Baptism is also known as Christening, and marks a decision to enter fully into the Christian community. Baptism is one way of marking the beginning of our journey with God, a journey which continues throughout our lives.
You can be baptised at any age, although infants and young children are baptised on the understanding that their families will bring them up in the Christian way. This includes belonging to a church community where they can learn what it means to follow Jesus’ vision for a world transformed by love, justice and wisdom. For adults, baptism and confirmation usually take place together.
We welcome enquiries whatever the marital status of parents – married or not, in same sex relationships or single, God’s love knows no bounds.
Just as God’s love is given freely, the Church of England believes a baptism should also be free, so there is no cost. However, if you are able to make a donation to the church's work in our community this would be much appreciated.
What next?
A Christening is an exciting occasion and we can’t wait to talk more about the service with you. Please do get in touch for more information or to book your Christening by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephoning the church office on 0114 2780707.
Also, the Church of England Christening site is a helpful resource for information.
with our love and blessings
The Manor Parish Team
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