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Baptism (Christening)

(Please note Baptism are now held on the 2nd Sunday of the Month this is only a trial period)
Please scroll down the page and fill out the Baptism request
form then submit it.

Baptism (also known as Christening)

The word ?Baptism? comes from the Greek word baptizo which means ?to dip? into water or liquid. A related word form, bapto, is used for dipping something into dye, and for drawing water. Baptizo may also mean ?to cause to perish by drowning?. The imagery is vivid. It is about being immersed, about changing colour, about life and death. Today, in the church, we normally pour water three times over the head of the person being baptized. Sometimes, the person will be fully immersed in water - this can take place in a pool, river or at the beach.

In the Baptism Service, we celebrate that the Candidate is 'named' (christening = being given a Christian name) as part of the community of God's people. The Congregation promises to provide for the nurture and nourishment of the newly baptized.
The Candidate (or, in the case of an infant, their parents and/or Godparents or Sponsors) makes promises with God and the Congregation to follow Jesus in a life of faith. This is an important time for all the Baptized people of God to remember the significance of their own Baptism and welcome the newly Baptized (and their families) into the Congregation.

The Uniting Church acknowledges that Christ incorporates people into his body by Baptism.

In this way Christ enables them to participate in his own baptism, which was accomplished once on behalf of all in his death and burial, and which was made available to all when, risen and ascended, he poured out the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Baptism into Christ?s body initiates people into Christ?s life and mission in the world, so that they are united in one fellowship of love, service, suffering and joy, in one family of the Father of all in heaven and earth, and in the power of the one Spirit. The Uniting Church will baptise those who confess the Christian faith, and children who are presented for baptism and for whose instruction and nourishment in the faith the Church takes responsibility. (Basis of Union Para. 7)


Biblical references to Baptism:

  • Matthew 28:16-20

  • Mark 1:9-11

  • John 3:1-10

  • Acts 10:44-48

  • Romans 6:1-11

  • 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 12:12-13

  • Galatians 3:23-29

  • Ephesians 4:1-6

  • Colossians 2:8-15

  • Titus 3:1-8



For Children and Infants:

This Sacrament of Baptism ('sacred time') takes place on the third Sunday in the month during the 9.30am service at Hamilton or by arrangement at Broadmeadow. If siblings have been previously baptised, please bring their baptism candles and we will relight them as part of the service.

Thanksgiving and Blessing services can be held at other times as well.

For Adults:

This Sacrament ('sacred time') is held by arrangement. It is conducted within the context of a worshipping congregation, but they can gather in a regular Church service OR at a beach or swimming pool if full immersion is desired.

UNITING CHURCH DISCUSSION PAPER (DOCBYTE) ON BAPTISM

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNITING CHURCH's THEOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING OF BAPTISM

BAPTISM or BLESSING ENQUIRY FORM
Please Complete all fields on the form and then submit it.

* Full Name of Person to be Baptised/Blessed
* Gender
* Person to be Baptised/Blessed (date of birth and place of birth)
* Full Name of Mother and Maiden name (for children only)
* Full Name of Father (for children only)
Email
Contact Phone Number
* Home Address
Preferred Date - 9.30am Sunday
Baptism or Blessing? Please choose the most appropriate for you... Your responses help us to tailor a service to suit...





Other Children (Name, Age, and, if applicable, where previously baptised)
* Full Name Of Godparents
 
 





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