Water baptism is the gift of our Lord Jesus to his disciples, marking them out as his own. Baptism is a sign of both God’s gracious promises to us in Jesus, and of our faith in those promises. Baptism signifies three key truths: first, our union with Jesus, second, the forgiveness of our sins and third, the gift of the Holy Spirit.
First, Infant baptism is a practice that goes back to the very earliest days of the Christian Church.
Fourth, the Bible as a whole tells us that the children of believers are themselves part of God’s family and therefore it is right that they should receive the sign of belonging to the family (1 Cor7:14).
Acts 2:39 says, “The promise (of salvation in Jesus) is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Baptising the children of believers is a wonderful celebration as we give the child the sign of God’s grace in prayer that they will come to believe in Jesus for themselves.
FAQS ABOUT BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION
A. Young people mature in their faith in different ways and at different ages. It is important that you come to Confirmation with firm personal conviction that it is right for you at this point in your life. You should pray about this and ask others in your church to pray for you. You should talk to the minister and even if you are unsure about being confirmed you may wish to participate in the confirmation course to explore your faith further as you think about it.
If you were not baptized as a child and want to make a commitment of faith, you might consider adult baptism or you can be baptized and confirmed in the same service or baptized shortly before your confirmation. You should discuss this with the minister.
A. The purpose of confirmation preparation is to ensure that those who are confirmed have a proper understanding of what it means to live as a disciple of Christ within the life of the Anglican Church. Preparation takes the form of studying the Apostles Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Catechism. Sessions encourage candidates to grow in their Christian faith through prayer, reflection, studying the Bible, participating actively in the life of the church and demonstrating their faith in their communities.
A.You can only be baptized or confirmed once in the Anglican Church, but there are ways of renewing your Christian commitment publicly as an adult. One of these is the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith – your minister will be able to advise you.
A.Those who have been confirmed in a church whose ministerial orders are recognised and accepted by the Anglican Church, do not need to be confirmed. They are simply received into the Anglican Church instead. This is a simple service which may be led by the Bishop or the parish minister.