Some parents believe, on
reflection, that a service of baptism is not the most appropriate
service for them and their child. They may think it is too weighty
in terms of their own faith, or that the promises involved go
beyond what they can say with integrity.
Some parents may be adopting a child who has already been
Some may have a child who was baptized in emergency
circumstances in hospital or at home.
Other parents, who may themselves be committed Christians, feel
strongly (because baptism is so meaningful) that they want their
child to be able to ask for baptism, if and when they are ready to
respond for themselves.
All nevertheless want to thank God publicly now for the safe
arrival of their child and express their love for that child. This
can be done at a service called an 'Act of Thanksgiving after the
Birth or Adoption of a Child'.
If you are not sure whether Baptism or an Act of Thanksgiving
would be more appropriate for you and your child, talk it through
with your minister, who will be able to advise.
Taken from All This For You: The meaning of baptism
in the Methodist Church.
Available available from Methodist Publishing - Ref PA186
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