If the meaning of baptism could be boiled down to one word, that word would be identification. Baptism speaks primarily of a personal, public identification with Jesus Christ. It is a sign of a ‘fresh start’ with God.
What does that mean?
- We have turned away from an old life and towards the new life in Jesus Christ.
- We publicly identify with the life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ
- We begin a life long journey of faith empowered by Holy Spirit.
Infants and children
We baptize children in the Anglican Church. Parents take on the baptismal promises on behalf of their child. The parents are promising to show their child what it means to be follower of Jesus Christ. The hopeful expectation is that at some point this same child will confirm and own for themselves the promises you are holding for them.
This may seem like a daunting task. We know because St. Matthews has all been there. It takes a village to raise a family, and we are eager to be part of your village. We will support, encourage and equip you on journey of faith as best we can.
The first step is to come to St. Matthew’s and see if this is a good church fit for you and your love ones. The next is to contact the clergy or the office to begin a program of preparation.
Baptism is not only for children. Some people come to faith later in life. Regardless of age if you are figuring out your faith journey and are drawn towards the sacrament of baptism please do not hesitate to contact Ian and share your journey of faith. No one is ever too old to be baptized at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation is a time to publicly state “yes’’ to God as a follower of Jesus Christ. If you or someone you know is baptized and are seeking to take hold of your baptismal vows please contact Ian about the next round of Confirmation classes at email@example.com.