Baptism is a ritual of inclusion and belonging that indicates our desire to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church.
We baptize adults and infants in the Anglican Church on the belief that God’s love extends to everyone regardless of their age. Baptism always takes place within the Sunday Eucharist.
Before one is baptized, certain promises must be made to God, in the presence of God’s people (which is why almost all baptisms are done in the context of public worship). These promises, which are explored in a series of classes before and after baptism, are:
- To resist what is wrong — This promise is called a “renunciation” — to renounce something means to reject its power and influence over us. We renounce evil in all its forms.
- To believe what is true — This promise is an acceptance of Jesus as Saviour, to put one’s whole trust in his grace and love, and to follow and obey him as the Lord.
- To do what is right — This is a promise to live according to Christ’s teachings. We know these teachings through reading the Bible, by praying, and by committing ourselves to learn and grow spiritually in the Christian faith.
For infants or children who cannot understand these promises, we ask parents and sponsors (also known as godparents) to make these promises too, in addition to teaching the Christian faith to the child being baptized. This will prepare the child for the time when they can assume responsibility for the promises made on their behalf at Baptism. This happens through the sacrament of Confirmation. [source]
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