What is Baptism?
Baptism, also referred to as Christening, is the beginning of a journey – a journey of faith. In baptism God makes us one of his children. We become a member of the Church, the Body of Christ on earth.
Baptism is a proof that God truly loves us. He reaches out to us and helps us journey with him for the whole of our earthly life, so that we may also be with him after our death.
Baptism is not just for children, adults can be baptised too. But adults are only baptised when they have been regularly worshipping with the Church for some time, and have undergone a period of instruction.
In baptism, you as parents are thanking God for his gift of life. You are deciding to start your child on the journey of faith, and asking for the Church’s support.
Baptism is what we call a ‘sacrament’: a visible sign of God’s love. In baptism, we are thanking God for his gift of life and publicly acknowledging his love. We are acknowledging that we all need to turn away from the darkness of evil and to make a new start with God.
People often say that baptism gives them a feeling of cleansing. The word ‘baptism’ comes from a Greek word meaning to dip or immerse in water. During the service the priest will pour water over the person being baptized or plunge them under it. This is symbolic to show that Christ washes away a person’s sins and gives them a new fresh start.
The godparents you choose for your child must be old enough to understand their duties as godparents, and there must be at least one male and one female. It is a requirement that the godparents have themselves been baptised.
To help you make this important decision for your child you will be required to attend church for at least three Sundays before the date of the baptism can be confirmed.
Please contact Reverend Roberta if you would like further information.