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Thanksgiving for the birth of a child 

 At St Paul's church we love to celebrate the birth of a child with services of 'thanksgiving' or 'dedication'. We also love to celebrate the adoption of a child by giving thanks to God and praying for the family. These are always joyous occasions and happen within the context of a Sunday service, normally at 10:30am - on any Sunday of the month. We gather the church family, the family and friends of the child, and together give thanks to God for the wonderful gift of the baby. We pray for and bless the child and their parents, and this is a service offered widely to anyone and everyone who would like to have it. You do not have to be committed Christians or church members to come and celebrate the birth of your baby with us - it would be our delight to welcome you.  Please contact the vicar Ruth or the church office on 01306 743378 to arrange a thanksgiving or dedication service. 

Infant baptism 

Infant Baptism gives the opportunity for members of the church to bring their children before God in a public declaration of their intent to raise them as followers of Jesus and within the family of the Christian Church. At the baptism service, the whole church family also makes commitments to support the child as he or she grows up within the community of faith. If you are wanting to explore baptism for your child and are not currently worshippers at St Paul's we would love to welcome you to our Sunday services and our midweek groups for families and young children. Here you will be able to get to know and join us as a church family and grow deeper in your own faith and trust in God. Please be sure to introduce yourselves to the welcome team and to the vicar Ruth so that we know to look out for you and can help you connect with others.

To help families prepare for the baptism of a child, parents are connected with a member of the baptism team, who helps parents explore the promises made at baptism, and who will be on the journey with parents as they take this important step of faith.  For more details please contact the church office on 01306 743378. 


Adult baptism

Young people and adults who have not previously been baptised also have regular opportunities at St Paul’s to be baptised and to make a public commitment of their Christian faith. This can take place in church at the font or with full immersion in a baptistery, or once a year in the sea at our church family summer picnic by the sea.  


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between Baptism and Christening?
    There is no difference they are just different words for the same thing.

  • What is the role of Godparents?
    The Baptism service involves parents and Godparents making promises to bring up the child in the knowledge of God, to pray for them regularly and to be on the Christian journey themselves.  Normally the family will chose Godparents who will pray for the child and take a keen interest in their day to day life and spiritual upbringing. Godparents must themselves be baptised Christians. 

  • How many Godparents do we need?
    There are usually two or three Godparents.

  • What is it that I am promising on behalf of my child?
    When you bring your child for baptism, you will be asked to declare publicly on behalf of your child that you trust in Christ, and that you will bring your child up to follow Jesus.  This declaration states that you have decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Christ.

  • How can I keep the promises made at Baptism?
    The declarations made by you and the child's godparents will be made in front of the church congregation; the church family here will promise to support you and pray for you and your child.  Continuing to worship as part of our church family will help you and your child grow in faith alongside others.

For more information please contact the Baptism Team (

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