Lorgues with Fayence in the Var

Part of the Anglican Mission of the Diocese in Europe




Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. We usually include the christening in our Sunday service as we are welcoming the child or adult who is being baptised into the family of the church and have the opportunity as the church to pray for the family and this new life in Christ. In this service parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and with the godparents, promise help and support to do this.

During the baptism service, the parents and Godparents are required to make several commitments.  It is important that these are talked through before the baptism with the pastor and he will arrange a time that is convenient for you to do this.

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 and we will support you in that journey.


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.

To find out more about a Thanksgiving Service contact the pastor.

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