Baptism & Thanksgiving
In 2016 Ely Diocese had more than 1,569 Baptism and Thanksgiving services. These services are an important time for the Baptism families and their friends as children are welcomed into the family of the church.
If you want to find out more about having a Baptism or Thanksgiving service for your child, please visit
If you are a minister or someone involved with the planning a Christening/Baptism service, you will find lots of useful ideas and resources here:
Diddy Disciples (September to December) by Sharon Moughton-Mumby
A Worship and storytelling resource for those working with babies, toddlers and young children. The resource can be used in a variety of ways to suit different settings; as a simple Sunday service, a toddler service or a mid-week baby and toddler singing session.
Soul (Food) Baptism
If you subscribe to this resource you receive bite-size thoughts about Baptism on a daily basis. Families might like to subscribe following on from the Thanksgiving or Baptism of their child.
Starting Rite; Spiritual Nurture for babies and their parents Jenny Paddison
This is a short 5week course to help parents explore their babies’ spirituality in an interactive and fun way. If you would be interested in finding out more, please contact Revd Olivia Coles Baptism + Coordinator (see below) or Debbie Hill, Children’s Adviser email@example.com 01353 652711
We are running a 5 week training course to help those who work or want to work with Baptism families, starting on September 16th.
If you would like to find out more about how you might become a Baptism Authorised Lay Minister(ALM), you can download the brochure here.
As a Diocese we want to ensure that we provide a proper welcome for families that approach the Church for a Christening/Baptism or Thanksgiving service. We have recently appointed the Revd Olivia Coles as our part-time Baptism+ Coordinator. Her role is to support churches with their Baptism preparation and their follow on after the service, helping families to take steps in faith with their child.
Contact: Revd Olivia Coles firstname.lastname@example.org 01353 652740 or 07948 350211
There are lots of different ways to develop work with families bringing children for baptism and thanksgiving services. Here are just two examples of work going on within Ely Diocese.