Baptism

 

Jesus was himself baptised, setting an example for us to follow
(Mark 1:9-11; Matt. 3:13-17; Luke 3:21-22).

 Speaking of His own baptism, Jesus declared it to be an act of obedience (Matt 3:15).

 Whilst Jesus himself did not baptise, he left it to his disciples (John 4:2) to baptise those who became believers during his ministry (John 3:22-26; 4:1).

 Baptism was part of the great commission given to the Apostles after the Resurrection, to be the first thing in which believers were to be taught of all that Christ commanded (Matt 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16).

Being part of the Anglican tradition at Christ Church, we would be happy to baptise both believers and the children of believing parents who are established members of our church family

 Baptisms are usually held during a church service, so that the congregation can welcome them into the church family.  In turn the church will promise to support and pray for you and/or your child.  The baptism itself  takes place in the Baptistry pool, at the front of the church and family members and friends will be asked to gather round the pool.

You (or parents of infants) will be asked to make declarations and promises before the church and before God.

These will include:

  • A declaration of your belief in God
  • If appropriate a promise that you will bring up your child to follow Jesus
  • A declaration that you have turned away from everything that is evil and sinful and turned to Christ.
  • The person being baptised is then either immersed into the water or in the case of small children, have a small aount poured on their head, and  marked with the sign of the cross on the forehead with water  symbolising that Christians are united with Christ and must not be ashamed to stand up for faith in Him.