Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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(The Book of Common Prayer, page 829)
Having a newborn or newly adopted child become a part of your family is definitely something to celebrate! The clergy of St. Paul’s love to visit such new members, finding a convenient time with the family for one of us to stop by, offering a prayer and blessing. It is therefore helpful if you can let us know when that time comes, so that we can celebrate with you!
The Guild of the Christ Child is a ministry of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) intended to reach out to families with newborns, or newly adopted children. One of the Guild members contacts the family, often providing a meal and offering information about relevant ministries at St. Paul’s like our nursery, baptism, pre-school, etc.