Baptism is one of the oldest traditions of the church. Baptism is a public expression of thanksgiving for God’s love and a commitment to belonging in a Christian community. Baptism has sometimes been known as ‘Christening’. In the Anglican tradition, baptism is open to anyone of any age.
If you would like to be baptised, or you would like your child to be baptised, there are a few steps of preparation beforehand. You are invited to attend worship at the church in which the baptism will take place. This is especially important if you haven’t had much to do with the church before, so that you are familiar with the service. Afterwards, one of the clergy will meet with you to talk about what baptism means, the involvement of parents and godparents on the day, and how we can help you to connect with our parish community as you continue your journey in the Christian faith.
Adults who feel ready to be baptised usually undertake a longer process of preparation because of the significance of the promises they will make. The Bishop of the Diocese often Confirms adults at the same time.
The main promise you make at Baptism is this:
By your prayers and example, by your friendship and love, will you encourage (NAME) in the life and faith of the Christian community?
The response is:
“I will with God’s help”.
Baptism is not a stand-alone event, it is a commitment to something for life – much like a wedding service is a commitment to a life-long marriage. It is important to consider this promise and what it means for you to make it. You will probably have questions about what Baptism and being a Christian means. We are here to support you as you explore your relationship with God.
Baptisms may occur at any of the parish churches during the services of Holy Communion:
- St Alban’s, Forster 9:30 am 2nd Sunday
- St Nicholas, Tuncurry 9:30 am any Sunday
- St Paul’s, Nabiac 11:30am 1st Sunday & 11:30 am 3rd Sunday
- St John’s Dyers Crossing 11:30am 2nd Sunday & 11:30 am 4th Sunday
There is no fee for Baptism, however you may like to make a donation to support the work of our church community.
Different people will come into contact with the church community at different stages of life. For some of us, there may come a point in our lives to publicly acknowledge our faith as we seek to live as followers of Jesus Christ. This can be true for those who were baptised when they were young. Confirmation is that opportunity. It acknowledges the promises we make in Baptism and our calling as God’s people to serve our church family and our wider community.
If you would like to know more about Baptism or Confirmation, please feel free to contact us at the Parish Office on (02) 5543 7683.