Christening at St James
We are delighted to hear of the birth of your child. It is a great
responsibility that God has given you, and it is also a great privilege and
joy to bring a child into the world. We are especially glad that you want to
mark this occasion with a church ceremony.
At St James Menangle we offer a special service called A Naming Service
with Thanksgiving to God. This is a type of christening service where
parents can have their child appropriately named, with prayers offered to
God, and have their child receive a blessing from God, in the presence of
their friends and family together with the baby's godparents.
Of course we would love you to
come to Church on Sundays and would be delighted if you would like to
join us on any Sunday but we realise that not everyone is ready for that
level of commitment. There is no need for you to make any commitment
to St James Church.
Some people ask what is the difference between a Naming Service and a
Baptism. Both are types of christening services, since both are associated
with the concept of naming. The main difference between the two is that
the Naming Service enables parents to thank God for the birth of their
child, without obligation.
Baptism, on the other hand, is a sign of membership in God's church. It is
a ceremony which symbolises Jesus' death and our death, and therefore
carries with it various responsibilities. Baptism is a sign of discipleship
which, for Jesus' followers, involves a complete change of lifestyle,
including a commitment to meet together with God's people.
If you would like to know more about what it means to be a follower of
Jesus, we would love to help you get to know him better. We offer a six
week introduction called Christianity Explored, which can be organised by
some of our church members to run in your own home, if you prefer.
We would be happy to answer your questions about having your child christened at St James.