Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child and Baptisms in the Anglican Parish of Nerja and Almuñecar
Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
The birth or adoption of a child is a cause for celebration.
Many people are overcome by a sense of awe at the creation of new life and want to express their thanks to God.
We are pleased to offer parents and families a Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child
after the birth or adoption of a child and to provide an opportunity to pray for family life.
This service may be a private celebration at home or in hospital,
or it may be a public celebration during our main Sunday worship in church.
It is not the same as Baptism (sometimes called Christening),
but it may be seen as a preliminary to Baptism,
especially when parents do not wish their children to be baptized immediately.
Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. It is the first step in response to God’s love.
For all involved, but especially the child, the parents and godparents, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith.
The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the newly baptised Christian, promising support and prayer for the future.
The baptism of children normally takes place during our main Sunday morning Service.
This is so that the newly baptised person can be seen to be joining the family of the church and be welcomed into its membership.
Occasionally, baptisms can take place during a wedding blessing. This is a relatively new feature introduced by the Church of England to meet changing pastoral situations.
Baptisms are normally carried out at your own local church, so if you are a visitor or tourist in Nerja, Almuñecar or the surrounding area, we would strongly recommend that you contact your local church back home in the first instance.
If you would like to explore either one of these further, please contact Fr Nigel.