We are delighted that you are interested in having your child baptised.
Baptism is all about making a fresh start, a new beginning with God. When a person is baptised they are welcomed into the church. At the heart of all this is the celebration of the new life which God gives us when we come to trust in Jesus Christ (John 3:3-8). Baptism is for parents who believe in the Christian faith and wish to welcome their child into the Church now in anticipation of a personal commitment to Jesus Christ which the parents will encourage their child to make. In this service the parents promise before God and the Church that they will encourage their child to follow Jesus Christ.
What does having your child baptised mean?
Baptism is a visible sign that your child is loved by God even before s/he knows anything about it or is able to do anything in return. Baptism is also about receiving your child into the family of the Church and is a commitment by the parents to encourage their child to become a Christian. Baptism is an opportunity to thank God for the gift of your child, a thanksgiving for new life and the blessing your child will be to you. And finally baptism is a public declaration of Christian faith by the parents, sponsors (godparents) and congregation, whereby the baptised child is claimed by Jesus, in the hope and anticipation that s/he will choose to pursue the life of Christian faith. As parents we can never force our children to become Christians (and neither should we try to!), but by our own Christian faith and example we seek to point them in the direction of making a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ.
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As an adult, being baptised is a completely different experience. For one thing, you will be making the promises yourself. Adult baptism comes after much thought and consideration and it is a great opportunity to share your story about coming to faith with everyone who has come along to the service if you are able to.
Once you’ve been baptised it can feel a bit like “I’ve done it, I’m there”. Of course, it’s a great step forward in your life and you’ve probably come to baptism after quite a ‘journey’, but it doesn’t end there. Baptism is a step on a life-long exciting journey with God.
Getting married is a sign of being serious about a relationship with someone else. In the same way, getting baptised is a sign of being serious about a relationship with God and being committed to living His way.
At All Saints Church you are free to make this important step by either being baptised in our church font (sprinkled with water), or by being baptised through 'full immersion'. Full immersion is exactly what it sounds like, during the service you are lowered fully into the water and then brought back up out of the water as a symbol of being brought up into new life. Just as Jesus died and was 'raised', we are also raised into a new life in Jesus.
We then ask God's blessing for you and call the Holy Spirit to be your support for this new exciting journey. The bible describes the Holy Spirit as a comforter, advocate, counsellor and guide; someone who will strengthen you through your new life as a disciple of Jesus.
'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here!'
2 Corinthians 5:17
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