Baptism / Thanksgiving

Christening at a Baptism Service at Pudsey Parish Church gives parents the opportunity 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 Pudsey Parish Church 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 Richard 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, please first make contact on a Sunday morning at church and then you’ll be invited to book into one of our regular “We Welcome You” sessions on a Saturday morning, exploring Baptism with other families. Alongside that we would love to see you on a Sunday morning and you might find it especially helpful to come along to another Baptism service so that you can see what they’re like.

Adult baptism

Young people and adults who have not previously been baptised also have regular opportunities at Pudsey Parish Church to be baptised and to make a public commitment of their Christian faith including Confirmation. Please ask us for more details.

Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child 

 At Pudsey Parish 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 normally happen within the context of a 10.30am Sunday service, normally at 10:30am.

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, Richard, or the church office to start to arrange a thanksgiving or dedication service. 

Some Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between Baptism and Christening?
    1. 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 choose godparents who will pray for the child and take a keen interest in their day to day life and spiritual upbringing. Godparents must legally themselves be baptised Christians. 

  • How many Godparents do we need?
    1. There are usually two or three godparents.
  • What is it that I am promising on behalf of my child?
    1. 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 including being part of a church family such as Pudsey Parish Church.  This declaration states that you have decided to turn away from everything which is evil or sinful and instead to turn towards Jesus 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.

  • How do I start to make a booking for a baptism?

The best way is to come along on a Sunday morning to our 10.30am service and meet the Vicar, Richard, or one of our baptism team, and they will guide you through the process.