"Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and John baptised him in the River Jordon. As soon as Jesus came out of the water, he saw the sky open and the Holy Spirit coming down on him like a dove. A voice from heaven said, 'You are my own dear Son, and I am pleased with you."
We welcome all who wish to be baptised (regardless of age!). Baptism is a wonderful occasion where we welcome the newly baptised into the Christian family as they become Christians.
The key element to a baptism service is a commitment, either made by yourself or on behalf of your child (by parents and Godparents) that you will live as a followers of Jesus Christ. In a similar way, a wedding is a great day of celebration, but the key to a wedding is the marriage and the key to baptism is growing in faith which comes from a commitment to God and is shown in baptism. This is encouraged by connecting you to a church family who are in the church already and will help you when you come to other services before the baptism can take place.
We are so pleased you wish to have your child baptised here at All Saints'. A number of important things happen at baptism. These include:
1) giving thanks to God for the birth of your child.
2) Welcoming them into the church family.
3) Asking God to bless them
4) Celebrating with you and your child as they become Christians and take the first steps in their relationship with God in Jesus Christ.
5) Admitting them into the Sunday School (Sunday Saints).
Is it a baptism or a Christening?
Baptism and Christening really means the same thing. Christening means being made a Christian and baptism is something that happens in the service to enable that to happen.