We love having baptisms at St Phil’s!
St Phil’s has many baptisms for members of our congregations each year. So may we encourage you to keep reading as it may be helpful for you to know a little about Baptism before you consider further whether baptism is for you or your child at St Phil’s.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is a sign or a seal, which is a visible demonstration of faith in Jesus Christ – either that of the adult being baptised or of the parents and godparents of the child being baptised.
What does Baptism symbolise?
The act of baptism symbolises the washing away of sin, which is another way of speaking about God’s forgiveness.
Baptism then is only meaningful where there is a genuine decision and desire to follow Jesus Christ. It is a commitment to following and serving him for the whole of our lives.
The Baptism itself does not make someone into a Christian. Baptism is only a symbol in the same way that the map marker symbolises the church’s location on Google Maps! Just as the map marker is not the church but only a symbol of the physical location of it, so Baptism is a symbol of what has already happened in the life of the Christian. Baptism reminds us of God’s wonderful promises to forgive our sins and to make us his children if we trust in Jesus Christ. These promises are publicly declared in the reading of Scripture and in the symbolic actions (like the washing with water) that take place.
What about the Baptism of Children?
God’s promises are not only made to individuals, they are made to families. So, for example, when the apostle Paul and his companion Silas were asked, “What must I do to be saved?”, they replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.” (Acts 16: 31) Children are included with their parents in the promises of God. They may be baptised if they are part of a Christian family.
Children are baptised on the understanding that they will one day make their own profession of faith in Jesus Christ. And if children grow up to be Christians they need encouragement and teaching. This why it is very important that the parents and godparents should have a genuine and active Christian faith of their own.
Who may be baptised?
Any person who professes faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and has at least a basic understanding of the Christian faith, may be baptised. In the case of children, it is the parents and godparents who express this faith on behalf of the child. If there is no discernible Christian faith seen in daily life by the person asking to be baptised, or by the parents and godparents of the children being baptised, then baptism should not be sought.
If you would like to find out more information about the Christian faith then please click here.
Baptism Application ….
If you would like to apply for baptism , please click here
Alternatively, if you would like to apply for a Service of Dedication, please click here