St Mary The Virgin Horsell

BAPTISM and thanksgiving services 

We are delighted that you are thinking about a baptism or thanksgiving service. We hope that the information pack which you can view by clicking on the button on the right will give you all the background information you need in order to decide which is the right choice for you and your family.

 Exploring baptism and thanksgiving pack

Baptism is a “sacrament”, a visible sign of God’s love for us and a means of receiving his help for the Christian life.

The Christian good news declares that because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the way is open for all people to become members of God’s family. We do that by putting our trust in Jesus Christ, and choosing to live God’s way.

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Baptism is a sign and seal of this new life in Christ. What happens spiritually when we come to God is illustrated physically by the water.

Baptism also marks a new start: a decision to follow Jesus Christ within the family of the Church. For adults, baptism is a means of declaring your commitment to God and your decision to live his way.

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For infants, baptism is the start of your child’s exciting journey into the Christian faith and we are here to help you as you prepare for this important step and for the commitments you and your child's godparents will be asked to make on behalf of your child.

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For some parents, a thanksgiving service is often more suitable when they feel that they do not want to make the baptism promises, but still want to thank God for the gift of their precious child. We will be pleased to talk further about which service may be right for you after you have read our information pack.


'Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit' Matt. 28:19

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  • St Mary the Virgin
  • Church hill
  • Horsell
  • Surrey
  • GU21 4QQ

01483 772134
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