In the New Testament we read some wonderful stories of the ways in which Jesus welcomed children. He clearly believed in their value and importance. Jesus once said that unless we become like a little child we cannot enter the kingdom of God!
Sometimes Jesus took children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. It is for this reason that we too welcome children and offer a blessing in the name of Jesus.
Perhaps you are a new parent - or perhaps your child is older - a service of thanksgiving or blessing is a lovely way to affirm the value of your child as a gift from God and to seek God's blessing upon them. Many parents choose to invite godparents to share in this service and to stand alongside them as they promise to love and provide for their children, as well as helping them to understand something of the Christian faith.
In this service parents are not taking away the choice of the child - the child is free to choose later on in life whether they want to follow Jesus - but the parents are saying that they will do all they can to help the child understand something of the Christian faith so that when they are older they have the foundations needed to be able to decide for themselves.
If you want to know more or would like to arrange a service of blessing then please contact us. God bless.
A prayer for your child:
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of my child; help me to be a good example and may they grow in the knowledge that they are made in your image and loved more than they can understand or imagine. Bless them I pray, today and always. Amen.
"Jesus took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them, and blessed them"