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So, as you think through why you wish to have your child baptised at St Luke’s,
ask yourself the following.
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, what evidence is there to support this?
If you answered “no” to any of the above, how confident are you that you can honestly respond with yes to the promise you will make on behalf of the child being Baptised?
Baptism isn’t a magical event, or the stuff of fairy tales or nice romantic notions, or a naming ritual, or some other social custom.
Baptism is a very serious and significant event.
St. Paul tells us that Baptism is our Easter event.
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
Martin Luther reminds us that Baptism happens every day of our life as the Spirit renews us, and recreates us as a child of God.
It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
For this reason, it is important that people who are baptised are an active part of a faith community. Together we share this journey, discover the wonder of what it means to be a forgiven child of God, and encourage one another in our walk of faith.
The truth is, if you’re not an active part of a worshipping community, if you don’t regularly attend worship, if you don’t read the Bible daily , pray, say the Lord’s Prayer or reflect on the Christian life, you won’t do it once your child is baptised.
It is difficult enough for people to practice the Christian faith in the world in which we live. We know, therefore, that unless the parents/sponsors are actively engaged in a Christian community before the baptism, they won’t fulfil the promises they make at baptism on behalf of the child being baptised.
It begs the question, if you answered no to any of the questions above, can you honestly stand before God and his Church, and promise to do this on behalf of another? In a world that demands honesty and integrity, how honest is it to declare a promise when your life shows no evidence of this already happening.
We’d love to help you develop a life that has Jesus at its centre. One where you are actively engaged in our faith community. A life that sees you regularly at worship with us, is actively seeking ways to grow and explore the Christian faith. A life that supports the various opportunities to help others grow in their faith. This is the sort of life you declare you have when you promise to expose your child to the faith journey begun at his/her baptism. It is the sort of life we’d love to help you discover for yourself.
We encourage you to give this some thought, and before you contact us at St Luke’s enquiring about baptism,
take the opportunity to join us for worship,
and let us help you find ways you can begin to develop a your own faith journey.
Before you contact us about a baptism for your child, we invite you to consider the following:
The normal time frame for these things to effectively happen in your life is between 3 -
You need to be aware that until these things begin happening in your life, we will be reluctant to discuss the Baptism of your child.
So you’re thinking about having your child baptised at st Luke’s?
Baptism is an important Sacrament that creates a relationship with Jesus, and begins a lifelong journey of growth and faith as this special relationship is discovered and realized.
People have many reasons for wanting Baptism. But only one reason is valid,
I want to be in a lifelong relationship with Jesus, as his brother/sister,
knowing each day what the love of the Father is for me.
To enable this, parents and godparents will make a promise on the day of the child’s Baptism. It goes like this:
Parents and/or sponsors of N: Since you have brought him/her to be baptised, you are responsible for his/her upbringing in the church. Remember him/her in your prayers. Bring him/her to the services in God's house and teach him/her the Lord's Prayer, the Creed and the Ten Commandments. Remind him/her of his/her baptism, set him/her a good example, and provide for his/her instruction in the faith. Do you intend to do this? (If so, say 'Yes, I do'.)
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