Baptism of adults and children
The baptism of youth and adults is a celebration of God’s love and justifying grace and a sign that the person has accepted God’s offer of a personal relationship with God. The church family echoes God’s love by promising to support the newly baptised person on their spiritual journey.
The baptism of infants and children celebrates God’s unconditional love and promise for their lives. The church family commits to maintaining the life of worship and teaching, witness and service so that infants, children, youth and adults who are brought for Baptism are embraced within the life of the church so that they may grow to profess their own faith in Jesus Christ and accept God’s offer of a personal relationship and live the Christian life. This is known as Confirmation.
The wonderfully rich history of the church means that baptism can be experienced in different modes.
Families who desire to enable their infant children to come to their own profession of faith in adulthood may wish to have a service of thanksgiving for their child.
This service combines thanksgiving for the birth or adoption of a child, the blessing of the child, and the self-dedication of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to their task.