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What is Baptism ?
- Baptism is one of the sacraments acknowledged by the Church of the Province of Southern Africa.
- Baptism brings us to God in repentance to receive forgiveness of our sins.
- Baptism is the mark of belonging to the Christian faith.
- Baptism is the sign by which we become the adopted sons and daughters of God.
- Baptism is the sacrament by which we receive new life in the Holy Spirit.
Why are babies baptised ?
- Children of believers are baptised for the following reasons:
- God welcomes children into the Church (the Body of Christ) on the basis of their parents’ faith and obedience.
- Jesus accepted and blessed the little children. Mark 10: 13-16.
- Our salvation depends entirely on what God has done for us, not on our own merit.
What are the responsibilities of the parents ?
- Parents must themselves be baptised members of God’s family.
- Parents are expected to attend Church regularly, and so share in the life of the Body of Christ.
- Parents must attend preparation classes and receive teaching about the meaning of baptism.
- Parents must renew their own commitment to Christ, and make the baptismal promises on behalf of the children.
- Parents are expected to pray for their children, and encourage them to grow in their Christian faith by providing an example of their own Christian lives.
- Baptism by itself is not enough to bring about new life in Christ.
What are the responsibilities of the Godparents ?
- Godparents must themselves be baptised members of God’s family, and at least one should be an Anglican.
- Godparents or sponsors must attend preparation classes and receive teaching about the meaning of baptism.
- Godparents or sponsors must renew their own commitment to Christ, and make the baptismal promises on behalf of the children.
- Godparents or sponsors are expected to support those who are baptised by praying for them, and by the example of their own Christian lives.
What must we do to arrange for our child to be baptised ?
- Complete the relevant form and return it to the Parish Office.
- Make an appointment to see the Rector.
- Attend the series of Baptism preparation classes run either by a Priest or Lay Minister.
- Baptisms take place during a normal Sunday service, on dates that are set in the Church calendar. These dates are available from the Parish Office.
- Unless in the case of an emergency, Baptisms may not take place outside the Church.
- ‘Private’ Baptisms are no longer allowed as they are theologically unsound.
What costs are involved ?
- There is no cost for the Sacraments of the Church.
- An optional thank offering may be given to the Church and/or the Priest.