Baptisms at Emmanuel Croydon

If you are interested in having your child baptised at Emmanuel we would love to explore that with you. The baptism or thanksgiving of a child is a very significant social event for many families. It’s also an important occasion for the rest of the church.

Baptism or Thanksgiving?

We offer two types of service – a service of baptism, and a service of thanksgiving. Baptism (some people use the term ‘Christening’ – it’s the same thing) is a public declaration of commitment to following Christ and being part of his church. Baptism is a way of welcoming someone into the church, and marking the beginning of their journey of faith.

In the service of thanksgiving we thank God for the birth of a child, and pray for God’s blessing on the child and their parents. Like baptism, it’s a special event for family and friends and a way of publicly marking the child’s birth. Unlike baptism, the parents are not required to make any public declaration of their faith.

When can I get baptised?

Baptisms and thanksgivings take place during our Sunday morning services, at 9.15 and 11am. They take place during a main church service so that the wider congregation can welcome the new member, and promise to support them in their journey of faith.

So how do I get it organised?

If you are a regular at Emmanuel, or if you are new to the church, please speak to one of the clergy to find out more – Trevor Mapstone (Vicar) or Adam Rylett (Curate). Alternatively you can contact them through the Church Office. They will arrange to come and visit you to get to know you and your child better, and to talk things through in more detail.

We look forward to meeting you and marking this special event with you!