Baptisms

Baptisms

Jesus has left clear instructions that those who profess faith in him and choose to follow him (to be his disciple) are to be baptised. Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives, the first step in response to God’s love. It is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcome the new status of the Christian, promising support and prayer for the future.

 

The baptism service paints many vivid pictures of what happens on the Christian way. There is the sign of the cross, the badge of faith in the Christian journey, which reminds us of Christ’s death for us. Our ‘drowning’ in the water of baptism, where we believe we die to sin and are raised to new life, unites us to Christ’s dying and rising, a picture that can be brought home vividly by the way the baptism is administered. Water is also a sign of new life, as we are born again by water and the Spirit, as Jesus was at his baptism.

 

At ChristChurch we regularly offer infant and adult baptism. Typically this is offered to those who are joining or already belong to the church community. We also offer thanksgivings and dedications for children. Adults who were baptised as infants can reaffirm their baptismal promises in the baptism pool with water.

 

If you would like to have your child baptised we ask that you contact the church office, and we will arrange a time with you to meet with a member of the clergy.

This gives you an opportunity to ask any questions or discuss anything surrounding baptism. It is also an opportunity to choose a date for your child's baptism. We recommend that parents read the book entitled, 'Baptism: it's purpose, practice and power' by Michael Green.  This is a short book which offers an excellent introduction and understanding of baptism.  This book is available on loan from the admin office. We also recommend the Alpha Course as a means by which the basic truths of the Christian faith can be explored. 

 

We look forward to hearing from you and are very happy to respond to any queries or questions you have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sue Harvey, 12/11/2009