Baptism represents a recognition that there is more to life than the physical and material and introduces an infant to the possibilities that lie beyond this world and to a relationship with the spiritual – specifically with the Trinitarian expression of the divine.
Baptism is the means by which a person affirms their faith in Jesus Christ and becomes a member of the church.
It represents a movement from a materialistic world view to a world view which has Christ at its centre. Those who are baptised state that: they turn to Christ, they repent of their sins, they reject all that is false and unjust and renounce Satan and all evil. They also affirm their commitment to the tenets of belief expressed in the Apostle’s Creed stating that they believe in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Children are unable to make such commitments, so when a child is baptised, Godparents make this commitment on behalf of the child. (For this reason, it is essential that the Godparents be baptised.)
At St Augustine’s, ideally a person is baptised during our Sunday morning service, however we have found it practical to hold most baptism services at 11:00 am. If you would like to be baptised or to bring your child to be baptised, please contact us.
St Augustine’s Anglican Church Hamilton