The addition of a child to a family is an immensely important life event and it can stir up a mixture of feelings, from joy and elation to anxiety and apprehension about this change and the new responsibilities.
The church offers a rite called the Thanksgiving for the Gift of a Child. It can take place in the church, or even at the hospital or home shortly following delivery. This rite provides an opportunity to give thanks for adding a child to the family and to pray for God’s help in the child’s care and nurture. Some of the prayers also ask for the good recovery of mother and child from childbirth. In some cases, additional prayers are said for children born with special needs. This rite can also be amended, so that it is suitable for adopted children.
This rite can be used by families who intend to baptise their child. It is also an alternative rite in cases where the family is not ready to make the baptismal promises or who wish to defer baptism until the child is able to make his or her own decision.
Please see one of the clergy for more information.