Our word Baptism comes from the Greek word "baptizo" meaning to immerse, dip repeatedly, to make clean with water, ritual washing.
Therefore when we baptise a person, be they adult, young child or baby, they are bein ritualy cleansed from sin that Jesus death makes possible, and we recieve new life that God gives us through the Holy Spirit. In baptism the promises of God are signed and sealed for us. We are united with Jesus and made members of His body, the church universal. For more information on baptism follow this link:http://www.equip.org/articles/baptism-theology/
After the initial contact a time of preparation will take place. This is normally over three nights and consists of the priest, or the person doing the preparation, explaining to the parents and sponsors/godparents, the significance of baptism. This is done through a short bible study. The promises that will be made by the one being baptised or those making the promises on behalf of an infant or small child are taken seriously by the church as you are promising to turn to Christ, in other words accept Him as your Lord and Saviour, repent of your sins, reject selfish living and all that is false and unjust and renounce Satan and all evill. Sponsors are also asked if they are willing to take on the responsibilities placed on them in bringing the child forward for baptism, that they are willing to answer on behalf of the child and that by their own prayers and example by their friendship and love they will encourage the child in the life and faith of the church. Anyone not believing in God or Jesus in other words, those professing to be athiest are unable to be sponsors/godparents
For all enquiries contact Rev Terry on 0488 250 318