Baptism and Thanksgiving

The time surrounding the birth of a child is a time of celebration and Emmanuel Uniting Church shares that joy and happiness!  We believe that in grace God reaches out to children before they are aware of him and draws them into the life and death of Jesus Christ.

It is our church’s desire to celebrate birth with two different opportunities to present children in worship; a service of Baptism or a service of Thanksgiving for the birth of a child.

Should you be interested in presenting your child for baptism or to give thanks, we ask of you the following:

1. Contact the church office to express your interest. Following this, a Minister will lead you through a Baptism preparation course.
2. Join with us in the weeks leading up to the baptism or thanksgiving service. This will allow you to be familiar with the congregation and style of worship and to meet members of the congregation.
3. Please speak to a Minister to arrange a date before inviting family and friends, to ensure the date you arrange is suitable for the church.

Baptisms and Thanksgivings can take place at any of our three regular Sunday services – 8 am, 9:30 am or 6 pm.



Thanksgiving for the birth of a child

Purpose – To celebrate and give thanks to God for the birth of your child.

Family Involvement – During the service publicly give thanks for the gift of your child

Meaning – An acknowledgment that children are a gift from God and that in the birth of your child God has blessed you as a family. This is an opportunity to publicly give thanks to God for blessing your family in this way.

Ongoing Expectations – We will continue to be in touch with you and would be pleased if you would join with us for worship and in the other activities of the church.




Purpose - To celebrate God’s faithfulness and the grace that has been extended to your child. Believing that God welcomes your child into the church you intend that your child will participate in the life of the church as they grow as a disciple of Jesus.

Family Involvement – During the service, publicly confess Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour, then renounce sin in your life and claim the grace of Jesus. Parents promise to provide a Christian home and opportunities for your child to grow as a disciple of Jesus within the life of the Church.

Meaning - Baptism is a “sacrament” of the church. It is an outward sign that reflects an inner reality. Baptism is the sign of new life in Jesus Christ. By water and the Holy Spirit we are brought into union with Christ in his death and resurrection. In baptism we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, made members of the body of Christ, and called to God’s ministry in the world.

Ongoing Expectations - At the time of baptism the parents make promises to God, before the congregation.  We encourage you to fulfil those promises by showing a desire to grow as disciples of Jesus through participation in the life of the church, so that your child may come to own their faith in Jesus Christ. The Church also makes promises and we will support you as you join with us.