Congratulations on the birth of your child

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We hope that you’re fast settling into new routines together and enjoying each other’s company. Below is a short prayer you might find it helpful to pray.

A Parent's Prayer

God our Creator,

we thank you for the waiting and the joy,

For new life and for parenthood,

for the gift of this dear child entrusted to our care.

May we be patient and understanding,

Ready to guide and forgive,

That in our love they may know your love.

Please give us quiet strength and patient wisdom

As we nurture them

In all that is good, and true, and just,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.


At St Mary’s we offer two ways in which you can celebrate the birth of your child, either a Baptism service or a Thanksgiving service. (Baptism and Christening are different names for the same thing!)