Baptism: the start of a journey with God

Baptism can happen at any age. Teenagers and adults are baptised after a period of teaching, formation and reflection about Christian faith, worship and discipleship.

 

Interested in baptism?

For those with questions about the Christian faith or who want to explore the possibility of baptism and confirmation for themselves, or for a child, the best starting point is to join us at worship and speak to one of our clergy after the service.

 

Alternatively, for infant and adult baptism you can contact our Baptism Coordinator who will arrange for you to meet one of our clergy. Her email address is baptisms@stjohnscanberra.org or she can be contacted on Fridays via the Parish Office on 6248 8399.

 

Infant baptism

Jesus declared that the Kingdom of God is open to ‘little children’. From ancient times, the Christian Church has baptised infants as a sign of God’s welcome to all.

 

Infants (pre-primary school) are baptised in response to a parent’s request. For children who are older, some form of preparation will be given.

 

Our Baptism Coordinator will arrange a meeting with a priest, who will discuss the baptism service, answer your questions, and confirm a date for the baptism.

 

You will also be given a booklet called “Your Baby’s Baptism”. Topics covered include:

 

  • Why baptism?

  • Before the baptism

  • Questions people ask

  • The signs and symbols of baptism

  • The baptism service

  • You and God

  • Helping your child to grow in Christian life

  • Looking forward to confirmation

 

'I’m not a regular churchgoer. Can I still have my child baptised?’ Yes. The Church believes that God’s love is available to all, regardless of their background. However, please remember that baptism marks the beginning of a life of Christian discipleship. We will be glad to talk through with you what this means and answer any questions.

 

We hope your child’s baptism will be a wonderful and memorable occasion and that it will mark the beginning of a long and happy association with our faith community at St John’s.

 

Wanting a venue for your baptism party? Depending on the size of your group the St John’s Hall or the Robertson Room with its hospitality deck are excellent venues.

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