St Gregorys Bedale



Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith, and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.

For your child, being baptized at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family. 

Baptism services take place in all our churches. At St John's Leeming, St Mary's Thornton Watlass and Burrill Mission Church the baptism is conducted as part of the regular communion service. At St Gregory's in Bedale each Baptism takes place separately at an agreed time. Before finally booking your child's baptism we ask you to attend one of our preparation sessions held on Saturday afternoons and lasting about 1 hour. You will find the opportunity to meet with other parents and children and together we discuss the meaning of baptism for you and us and we consider what will take place during the service.

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Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During the Thanksgiving service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for family life. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.

A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.

God Parents

You may be wondering how to choose god parents, or have been asked to be a God parent and wonder what it's all about. 

To find out more about a Baptism or Thanksgiving Service, contact the Rector.