The birth or adoption of a child is cause for joyful celebration. The gift of new life is awe inspiring and people are right to want to express their thanks to God and to pray for his continued blessings and guidance at this new stage in the life of a family.

This service provides an opportunity for parents and families to give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and to pray for family life. It may be a private celebration at home or in hospital, or it may be a public celebration in the presence of the wider church community. In addition, this service offers families who do not wish for their children to be baptised immediately or who do not seek Baptism for their children the opportunity to mark this milestone with prayerful celebration and praise.