Baptism, sometimes called Christening, is the point of entry into the Christian church. Infants are brought along by parents and god-parents who make promises on behalf of the child. These are joyful family occasions as we give thanks for the safe delivery of this child and welcome them into God's family, His Church.
The service involves the use of 3 symbolic acts.
- The pouring on of water reminds us of Jesus' own baptism in the River Jordan.
- Each person is signed with the sign of the cross on their forehead, reminding us of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.
- A lighted candle is then presented to the family as a gift to remind them of this special day. In the Bible, Jesus is referred to as the Light of the World.
When the baptised child is old enough he, or she, confirms the promises made on their behalf at a service of Confirmation led by a Bishop. Adults wanting to be baptised can be confirmed at the same time.
The candle symbolises Jesus as the Light of the World.