At Saint Peter's, Edmonton, where I have worked for almost 10 years, this service is used for all who have new children, whether church people or not. A certificate is issued, stating that the child has been enrolled as an 'infant catechumen' (learner in the faith). An adapted form is also used for non-baptised adults who wish to explore further their relationship with God through the Christian faith.
For many parents, the Service of Thanksgiving offers what they most need - a celebration of their share in the creative activity of God's world, a public acclamation of their child's life, and the support of friends and relations as their responsibilities for a new life begin to develop. Sadly, those who are pressurised by relations steeped in the traditions of a previous era, see this service as second-class in nature.
Saint Peter's Church
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