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Thanksgiving Service
A thanksgiving service is a way of celebrating God's gift of a child into your family, without having to make the same commitment and declarations that are involved in a baptism.

Below is the wording we usually use:

The minister says 
Do you receive these children as a gift from God?
We do.

Do you wish to give thanks to God and seek his blessing?
We do.

The minister says 
God our creator,
we thank you for the wonder of new life
and for the mystery of human love.
We thank you for all whose support and skill
surround and sustain the beginning of life.
We thank you that we are known to you by name
and loved by you from all eternity.
We thank you for Jesus Christ,
who has opened to us the way of love.
We praise you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

The minister may say for each child 
What name have you given this child?

A parent or supporting friend replies 
His/her name is N.

The minister may take the child. 
The minister says

As Jesus took children in his arms and blessed them,
so now we ask God’s blessing on N.
Heavenly Father, we praise you for his/her birth;
surround him/her with your blessing
that he/she may know your love,
be protected from evil,
and know your goodness all his/her days.

When all the children have been prayed for

May they learn to love all that is true, 
grow in wisdom and strength 
and, in due time, come through faith and baptism 
to the fullness of your grace; 
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The minister prays for the parents 
May God the Father of all bless these parents 
and give them grace to love and care for their children.
May God give them wisdom, patience and faith,
help them to provide for the children’s needs
and, by their example,
reveal the love and truth that are in Jesus Christ.

Giving of the Gospel 
A copy of a Gospel is presented, with these words 
Receive this book.
It is the good news of God’s love.
Take it as your guide.

The minister may address the supporting friends and say 
Will you do all that you can to help and support and 
in the bringing up of N?
With the help of God, we will.

The minister may address the wider family and friends and say 
Will you do all that you can to help and support this family?
With the help of God, we will.