“And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways.” Luke 1:76.
Baptism (or Christening) marks the beginning of new life – both earthly and spiritually.
Jesus instituted the sacrament of Baptism, which we read about in the Gospels, to give to each individual soul the forgiveness which He made on the Cross, to “wipe our slate clean” of all the evil that exists in the world, and to fill the spiritual vacuum as God becomes present in our souls.
Baptism also makes us adopted children of God and heirs of heaven, no matter how old we are when we are baptised.
We say “adopted” children because God the Father has only one begotten Son—Jesus Christ. As children of God, we receive our inheritance at the very moment of our adoption, at the very moment of Baptism. Our inheritance is eternal union with God, and we have that inheritance now, once we are baptized. Nobody can take this inheritance away.
At what age can someone be baptised?
You can be baptised at any age. Many parents wish to have their children baptised while they are still infants. Adults are normally baptised and confirmed at the same service by a bishop.
How many godparents do I need?
Every child needs at least three godparents (two of whom must be the same sex as the child being baptised). Godparents must have been baptised themselves.
When do baptisms take place?
This can be discussed with the clergy. Baptism normally takes place on Sundays at 12:15 at St Michael’s, but may also take place during the main Sundays services in any of our churches if that is appropriate.