The baptism of Ruby Rose AhLoy took place at St Luke's Anglican Freestone Church, December 2014.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is one of the central sacraments of the Church. Through it, we believe that the baptised person is established in a new relationship with God, and becomes a member of the Christian church.
Who can be baptised?
We welcome for baptism any person who wishes to declare their allegiance to Jesus Christ. We also welcome infants and children whose parents choose to commit themselves to the promises of baptism.
We welcome you and your child.
The Anglican Parish of Warwick welcomes every child. We do this with a service of Thanksgiving for the Birth of a Child. We are also pleased to welcome children into the ongoing life of the Church through Baptism.
What happens in the Thanksgiving Service?
- We thank God for this precious new life
- We ask God to be with this child as he/she grows up
- We ask God to help and encourage parents
- We celebrate family life
- Usually this is held as part of the third Sunday morning worship service at 8.30am at St. Mark's, but it can be anywhere, anytime with previous arrangements being made.
What happens in Baptism?
- Baptism is the means by which a person of any age is incorporated into the faith community
- Parents and godparents make faith promises on behalf of the child
- Water is used as a symbol of God's cleansing and renewing power
- The child is baptised into the Christian faith in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
- Parents and godparents promise to nurture and encourage the child in the Christian faith
- All at the service welcome and pray for the new member of the Christian community
- Baptism normally occurs within the Sunday service unless family circumstances dictate the necessity for alternative arrangements. Currently at St. Marks baptism occurs on the third Sunday of the month. Please check with the clergy regarding times.
What is the role of Godparents?
- To share with parents the responsibility of making promises on behalf of the child
- To work with parents to support and nurture the child in the Christian faith
- To encourage the child to a point of personal ownership of the faith into which baptised
- There are normally three Godparents – two female and one male for a girl and two male and one female for a boy, however this is not essential.
- Because of the promises they will make, Church law requires that godparents have been baptised into the Christian church
Do we have to be active Church members?
- We welcome all those who seek the ministry of the church
- The Service of Thanksgiving is open to all without restriction
- Baptism requires (by Church law) that at least one parent is baptised in the Christian faith
- We would encourage you to be involved in the life of the church as much as you are able and look forward to sharing your child's faith journey with you.
What preparation needs to be done?
A person is prepared for baptism through prayer and instruction. In the month prior to the baptism the candidate is anointed with the oil of catechumens at Sunday worship as a means of signifying the commencement of that preparation period. At that time the candidate is "set aside" and then upheld in prayer by the faith community. One of the clergy team will then instruct the candidate or their parents regarding the theology of baptism and its role in the life of the Christian community.
Being baptised as an adult
- We warmly welcome any unbaptised person who wishes to declare their faith in Christ through Baptism.
- Baptism normally happens at of one of our worship services, and follows a short period of preparation.
- Baptisms are to be held on the Third Sunday of the Month.
- For further inquiries, please contact one of the clergy at St.Marks on 4661 7223