Baptism in the Christian Church
If you are reading this because you are interested in baptism in our church, that we are really excited for you!
Christian baptism is a joyful, yet serious experience. It's joyful, in that the church is celebrating a welcome of a new member. But it's serious because in baptism, we are making very important promises before God – in the case of adults being baptised, to follow God until their life's end; and in the case of children being baptised, parents make sincere promises to raise their children to know the Christian faith, and what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Who can be baptised?
Baptism (also popularly known as christening) marks the start of a person's journey as a Christian. If you are an adult who wants to be baptised in our church, we would expect you to have a basic understanding of the Christian faith, and to show that you trust Jesus Christ and his teachings. If you are interested in having your children baptised, we would want to be sure that you live that way so that you can share this with your children.
Because an important part of the Christian life is participating in life with other believers and growing in faith with them, it's expected that those who bring their children to commit them to the Christian life will be involved in the life of their local church. It wouldn't make sense to expect your children to be a member of an organisation that you weren't interested in being involved with!
To summarise, we offer baptism to families who show their faith by being active in our church.
What should I do to arrange a baptism?
Join one of our congregations. When you are involved in the life of the parish, come and speak to one of the ministers about your desire to be baptized as a follower of Jesus Christ, or about having your child baptised.
If you have any questions, please contact Fr Michael or the church office.
You may find it helpful to download and complete the Baptism Information Form