Getting Baptised at St Peter's
Christian parents bring their children for baptism because they want them to be part of the community of faith. Parents and Godparents (or Sponsors) make promises on behalf of the children they bring for baptism. They also take on the responsibility of raising their children as active members of the church.
In the Christian life, we are not alone. God provides us companions on the way and we share our faith and our struggles with the community of the Church. In Baptism, the Church says "yes" to you. Welcome!
Before taking any significant step in life, it is appropriate to prepare for it. The same is true in beginning the Christian life with baptism. When we bring children to be baptised, the parents and godparents need to prepare for their new responsibilities. In baptismal preparation we seek to explore our faith and to understand the promises being made at baptism. At St Peter's baptismal preparation is arranged before the date of each baptism through making an appointment with one of the parish clergy.
Parents & Godparents (Sponsors)
In bringing a child to be baptised in the Church we seek to give the child something of value which we already have: active membership in the Church and the joy of the Christian life. Children are baptised in response to the faith of their parents who, together with the Godparents, make the Baptismal Promises on behalf of the child.
Godparents have an important part to play in the Christian life and nurture of their godchild. They should be chosen with great care. Godparents or sponsors do not need to be Anglican, but they must be baptised themselves, and they should be practicing Christians who are worshipping members of a church.
The Promises in Baptism
In the Baptism service we make several promises to God and his Church. You will be asked:
Do you affirm the faith of the Christian Church.
In other words, we promise to be active members of the worshipping community, seeking to strengthen our faith by being active members of the Church's worshipping community, and seeking to bring God's love into the world through our daily lives. If you feel that you are unable to make this commitment at the present time, then it may be best to postpone the baptism. In this case we encourage you to discuss this with one of the parish clergy.
Baptism of Adults
Although most of the above implies that baptism is for children, we baptise adults as well. Preparation in this case is more intense because we are preparing the individual for the Christian life, where for baptism of children we begin with faithful parents who will spend a number of years nurturing their children in the Christian faith. For more information about baptism of adults, please contact one of the parish clergy.
Often we are asked what the fee is for baptism. As a sacrament of commitment to God and membership in the church, there is no fee for baptism at St Peter's. We do encourage all members to make responsible Christian Stewardship, which includes support for the church, a regular part of their baptismal commitment and life.
Dates for Baptism
Baptism is a sacrament that involves the whole Christian community. It takes place at the church font which is located near the door to the church, signifying that person's entry into the Church of God. Holy Baptism is usually celebrated on a Sunday, and can be during the 9.30 Parish Mass, or in the early afternoon. This would usually occur only for very strong pastoral reasons and after discussion with the clergy.
At St Peter's there are a number of specific dates scheduled for baptisms each year. Baptisms are not celebrated at all during Lent (the six weeks prior to Easter) or at any of the Sunday masses during Advent (the four weeks prior to Christmas).
Please ring the Parish Office, or speak to one of the parish clergy, to discuss available dates and times.
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