There are two options available when you enquire about a special service for your baby or child in West Kirby Methodist Church. In the Methodist Church we offer a service of baptism for infants (sometimes called 'christening'). We also offer a service of thanksgiving for the birth or adoption of a child. These special services (baptism or thanksgiving) to welcome children usually take place within, and as part of, our normal Sunday morning service of worship. We would like you to feel that you are part of our Church family.



Baptism

This service requires parents to make some quite demanding promises. To make the promises sincerely parents need to think about how they will provide a Christian home, Christian example and give a Christian upbringing to their child or children. The church expects that the family of a baptised child will attend the church regularly and that the child will grow up to attend the church and one day decide to follow Jesus and be an active Christian.
 
A baby is a wonderful gift from God and traditionally babies have been baptised with parents and Godparents making promises to nurture the child within a Christian home. This might sound daunting, but the church family will support you to help you fulfil your promises.



Thanksgiving

Some parents are simply thankful for the gift of a child and want to express that in church, without making big promises that they do not feel that they could keep. This is quite an appropriate celebration and we are pleased to offer it as an alternative. The most important thing is to know that there is a welcome for you and your child in our church and for you to feel that in whatever service you share you are doing so sincerely. Other parents want to reserve the service of believer's baptism for their child (later in life) and thanksgiving is particularly appropriate for parents who choose this option.


For more information you can contact us by telephone, by post or by email and we will be very pleased to hear from you. Alternatively, simply come to our Sunday morning service at 10.30am. You can often arrange an appointment to meet our minister and discuss your plans. We hope that you will enjoy the service and you will receive a warm welcome.

If you are an adult who is thinking about Baptism and what it would mean for you, you can contact us in any of the same ways and we would be very pleased to hear from you.