Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
ORIGINS OF THE BAPTISM
Baptism is the traditional Christian ceremony by which a person is made a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.
It expresses in an outward and visible sign the reality of God's love for that person. Jesus assures us that God reaches out in love to us, and baptism is our first response to that love.
The sacrament of Baptism is available to anyone, of any age, who wishes to follow Jesus in the company of His Church.
If you would like your child to be baptised, or you would like to be baptised yourself, please contact Rev. Jonathan Gordon.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there any difference between Baptism and Christening?
No, the words have the same meaning.
What does Baptism mean?
God loves all his people and at baptism we acknowledge that fact by turning directly towards his love.
When do baptisms take place at St. Mary’s?
Baptisms usually take place in the church on Sunday afternoons or during the 10am Sunday Service. A brief time of preparation and rehearsal is required with the parents of any infant being baptised.
What are my responsibilities?
At St Mary’s we are pleased to baptise children on the understanding that parents will try to follow the promises that they make in the baptism service, in particular that they will give their children a Christian upbringing within the family of the Church. Our prayer is always that when they are older, children will make their own commitment to Christ and be confirmed.